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Should there be a law to limit dating during divorce?

No matter how emotional a divorce may be, it’s important to remember that divorce, on the most basic level, is a legal matter. That’s why many lawyers will point out that the way you act during those proceedings could have an effect on the outcome of the divorce.

Take, for example, dating during divorce. While it may not seem like a huge issue, people in another state might think otherwise. Right now in Massachusetts there is a bill seeking to regulate a person’s sexual interactions and dating during divorce proceedings if there are children and a marital home involved. 

The bill, which was filed by a state senator for one of his constituents, may limit a dating or sexual relationship for the party that stays in the marital home. Basically, it says that person can’t have such a relationship within the home until the divorce is finalized. If they want to, they will need to ask permission from a judge. As it is, people in that state have to wait at least 120 days after a judge signs off on the agreement in order for the divorce to be finalized. That would mean a four-month waiting period at the very least.

While regulating what goes on in the bedroom might be a bit much, it does point to the importance of being aware of your conduct during divorce proceedings. Keeping new relationships to a minimum or at least out of the public eye may be a wise idea until the divorce is finalized.

Source: Think Progress, “Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex In Own Home,” Scott Keyes, Mar. 21, 2014

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