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When should you start dating after a divorce in Missouri?

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2023 | Divorce |

Are you going through a divorce and wondering when it’s appropriate to start dating again? Navigating the post-divorce dating world can be a challenging, emotionally charged and legally complex undertaking.

These are a few considerations that can help you determine when it’s the right time to embark on a new romantic journey.

Legal considerations

Missouri follows a no-fault divorce system, meaning neither party needs to prove the other did something wrong to end the marriage. This simplified process allows for a quicker resolution compared to fault-based divorces. However, it’s essential to understand that your divorce isn’t final until the court issues a judgment, which can take some time.

The state law imposes a 30-day waiting period before a divorce is finalized. Please note that this period is intended to give both parties time to reconsider and potentially reconcile. It’s crucial to respect this waiting period to avoid legal complications. If you start dating while your divorce is pending, your spouse could (understandably) be offended and dig their heels in concerning the terms of your divorce as part of their own healing process.

Emotional healing and readiness

Before you consider dating again, take some time for self-reflection. Divorce can be emotionally taxing, and being emotionally prepared for a new relationship is essential. Assess your feelings, understand the reasons behind your divorce and work on healing.

Seeking counseling or joining support groups can be immensely helpful post-divorce. And if you have children, their well-being should be a top priority. Try to ensure that they have adjusted to the divorce and are comfortable with the idea of you dating someone new. Open communication with your children is key.

Building a support system

Lean on your friends and family for emotional support. They can provide invaluable guidance and a listening ear during this transitional phase. Social activities can also help you reconnect with others and boost your self-esteem. Join clubs, attend community events and consider online dating as a way to meet new people.

The question of when to start dating after a divorce is a personal one. While legal risks can impact certain timing considerations, emotional readiness should be your primary consideration. Take the time to heal, seek support, and, when you feel ready, embrace the opportunity to start anew.

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