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When to Introduce Your Kids to a New Dating Partner?

Dating after divorce- the thought and words fill some divorced parents with dread. The idea of getting back into the dating scene after being married is intimidating and frightening. At some point, you may realize that every end has a new beginning. As time goes on and you begin to heal and move forward with your life, you will realize that companionship and love from a partnership is natural and instinctive. So chances are sooner or later when you or your ex-spouse will enter the dating world again and you both will be faced with another hurdle: How do I tell my kids about my new partner and when should I introduce them to my new partner?

There is never a perfect time to tell your kids about your new relationship. Talking to your kids about your dating life after divorce can be an excruciating, akward and uncomfortable task. Each relationship is different and the length of time is less important than the person you are seeing. We think this Article will help address some common issues with dating after divorce.

New Relationship Guidelines

If you are currently in the process of getting divorced through Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce, you can include "New Relationship Guidelines" as a part of your Parenting Plan as a means of regulating certain common issues that can arise in the future. These are general guidelines that can be tailored to your specific requirements.

Generally, these guidelines explain that neither party can introduce their children to their dating partner until the relationship is considered exclusive, serious, and long term based on a time period the parents agree upon. The parents can agree at what incremental stages the child will be introduced to the new dating partner. Also, parents can agree that the parent that has parental access can not have overnight guests over during that time. Lastly, it states the importance of the Mother and Father to support each other to establish new relationships because it would be in the best interest of the children.

If you or someone you know, are considering getting a divorce and would like to know your options, please contact The Law Offices of Tejal V. Patel, LLC at 856-988-5453 for a free initial consultation.

Categories: Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Divorce
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