That said, you can date during the divorce period, but follow some basic guidelines to protect yourself, any children and your property rights.

Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994.

She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children.

Children seem to deal better with their fathers moving on to a new relationship more than they approve of their mothers starting anew.

Most importantly, a new relationship can serve to throw the proverbial gasoline on the fire while the divorce is pending.

Dating during divorce is not uncommon, but might not be in your best interests, according to Kevin C.

Gage, an attorney in his article, “Dating During Divorce.” Dating when you have minor children can harm your legal case and cost you more that you can imagine.

Dating can help you feel more alive and appreciated, less depressed and help you become more social and make new contacts, according to a “Huffington Post” article, “Dating During Divorce.” It can also complicate your need to heal from the divorce, or if you aggravate your kids and soon-to-be ex-spouse, create a financial drain on your income and invite judgment from your family and social contacts.

When dating, don’t move in with your new love interest unless you want that to affect your spousal and child support payments or property settlement, advises Gage.

On on hand, the legal consequences of dating while a divorce is pending may be minimal, there are some consequences that can make the process more difficult for you and others around you.