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    Some people leave a marriage and can’t imagine themselves in a relationship ever again. Others can’t wait to get out there and start dating. If you are emotionally and mentally ready to play the field, the question you need to ask yourself (and your Michigan divorce lawyer) is if it’s legally a good idea to date during your divorce.

    Be Careful Navigating Social Media

    If you decide to date during your divorce, it’s always a good idea to keep a low profile online. That means no promoting lovey-dovey adventures on social media or making a relationship Facebook official when your divorce isn’t even final yet. Public perception can come into play in divorce proceedings, and even though Michigan is a no-fault state, if you have any sort of child custody battles, your ex could use your dating behavior as ammunition against you.

    Relationships Will Change

    Even if you have a cordial relationship with your ex and your divorce is proceeding just fine, your dating choices may affect how he or she feels about you. A topic that you both may have agreed on could suddenly become a bone of contention in a passive-aggressive move that says more about your ex’s feelings about your dating life than their true feelings about the matter at hand.

    Spousal Support Could Take a Hit

    Some Michigan divorces take a long time, for various reasons. If years pass before your divorce is finally complete, there’s a good chance you could easily have found someone who you want a future with – and their presence in your life could affect your ex’s argument about spousal support. Having someone new to rely on may figure prominently in an argument about whether you deserve a certain amount of lifetime support from your ex.

    Think About the Children

    While dating is of course about you, it’s not all about you if you have children. A court may view your new relationship or dating habits – however your ex’s divorce lawyer chooses to portray them – as evidence of poor parenting, and parenting time or custody arrangements could be negatively affected.

    Besides the legal logistics to think about when dating during your divorce proceedings, there is an emotional element to consider for your kids, whether they’re little kids, teenagers, or adults. New partners will affect your children, your dynamics with your children, and their perception of you. Divorce is already difficult enough – it’s important to consider how every move you make will affect your kids.

    Many couples, as part of their divorce, include a clause that outlines acceptable behavior where new significant others are concerned. They may delineate a length of time that you must be dating someone before they can meet the children or spend time with the children. In more amicable divorces, exes may agree that they can only introduce a new partner to their kids once they’ve made the introductions to each other first.  

    Be Careful If You Date During Your Divorce

    If your amicable relationship with your ex suddenly goes sour, or if your already unpleasant exchanges get worse, your dating habits could suddenly be fair game. If you must date during your divorce, be smart about it. Get answers to all your dating and Michigan divorce questions from Femminineo Attorneys. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.

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    Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

    Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.

    Experience

    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.

    Commitment

    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.

    Flexibility

    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.

    Effectiveness

    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.

    Tenacity

    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

    Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

    Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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