It may affect their preference during custody proceedings, as well as the judge’s.Moreover, once the lawsuit is concluded, the aftermath can be long-lasting.
The children may on their own come to feel that the dating parent has abandoned their other parent, causing them to align with the latter.
Furthermore, the children will tend not to accept the new love interest even though they might have done so had their parent waited until after the divorce to start dating. Seeing someone new while still legally married may be confusing for the children.
Dating during the divorce proceedings can poison the spirit of cooperation and make the spouses’ post-divorce dealings with one another all the more difficult if they share children. Furthermore, an intimate relationship that starts before a divorce is finalized has very little chance of long-term survival.
When the new relationship dissolves, the children experience another loss, if they have been made a part of that relationship.
Children who suffer a series of losses can end up with a sense that it is not safe to develop close friendships.
That can impact all of their friendships as well as their attitudes about marriage. Not only can the decision to date prior to the divorce make things more difficult emotionally for your client and his or her family, but there may be negative financial ramifications for your client as well.
In making this determination, the court naturally focuses on the parents’ past conduct, during the course of the marriage.
If infidelity has caused a spouse to be neglectful on some level to a child, it is an argument in favor of the other parent being awarded sole decision-making authority and primary residential parent status.
Adultery is not defined within the Tennessee Code but is widely accepted by the judiciary to mean sexual intercourse between a married person and a third party other than one’s spouse.
An emotional affair, while not technically adultery, can still be considered inappropriate marital conduct, the catch-all fault ground for divorce in our state.
A spouse’s infidelity, even when unaccompanied by economic misconduct, may affect an alimony award.