Can I Live with a New Partner Before My Divorce is Finalized?


February 16, 2021

Many spouses want to pursue a new romantic relationship before the divorce is finalized. However, a new partner can complicate the divorce proceedings in certain circumstances, especially when the new arrangement involves household and financial issues. While it may be legally permissible to live with a new partner in some states, it may not be wise before the divorce is completed. The below contains reasons why living with a new partner can complicate a divorce.

Emotional Turmoil

Some individuals who are not completely over the relationship can feel slighted if their former partner moves on too quickly. A new romantic partner can cause tumultuous divorce negotiations, which can lead to spitefulness.

Charges of Adultery

Starting a relationship with a new partner before the divorce is completed may be considered adultery, which is illegal in some states. Some states consider adultery to be a criminal act. In states that do not identify adultery as a crime, a charge of adultery can nevertheless have serious legal and financial consequences in a divorce case, most notably when it comes to alimony. Even spending too much money on a new partner has consequences.

Third-Party Complications

If a new partner becomes a fixture in one’s life, it suggests that this new figure will have a unique position and interest in the divorce proceedings. This can lead to over-involvement in the divorce negotiations.

Another possible complication of cohabitation with a new partner has to do with problems stemming from mixing household expenses. Intermingling money makes it more difficult to clearly determine what makes for a fair divorce settlement when it comes to spousal or child support.

Family Concerns

If one parent begins living with a new partner, it can adversely affect the children. It may be used in the divorce proceedings as a sign that the interest in the new relationship takes precedence over protecting the children. This can affect custody negotiations. In situations where the presence of a new partner in the home can be deemed unsafe for the children, child custody may be denied altogether.

If one is planning to divorce, they should have a lawyer by their side. A lawyer will ensure that their client’s rights are protected and that they are properly represented.

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A new romantic partner can make a divorce more complex. If you have concerns related to your divorce, a Moorestown divorce lawyer at Stockton Family Law can help you. Complete our online form or call us at 856-412-5052 for an initial, private consultation today. Located in Moorestown, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Mount Laurel, Burlington County, and Camden County.

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