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As a follow up on our June 10, 2011 blog more regarding adultery and introducing a new relationship to your child(ren), we thought it may be best to touch on dating during your divorce proceedings.Typically, we advise clients to refrain from dating while their divorce is pending and we do so for several reasons.
The court will consider you to be married until they have granted you a divorce.
Second, it may not be what is in the best interest of your child(ren) and if you are not putting your child(ren)’s best interest first then you may be facing an uphill battle if custody is an issue in your matter.
While dating may not offend a Judge, it will not be helpful to your case if the Judge feels that your children are being negatively affected by your dating life and you have still chosen to partake in it.
The requirements are as follows: There is a 1 year requirement if the grounds for the divorce occurred outside the state of Maryland, otherwise if either spouse is a resident of the state of Maryland, he or she may file in the county in which either spouse resides.
If you are filing for divorce under the grounds of insanity, the residency requirement is increased to 2 years.