Can you get engaged to a new partner if you’re not divorced yet?

| Feb 4, 2021 | Family Law |

Every couple who’s facing divorce in Tennessee has unique hurdles to navigate. Some people might be focused on how to move forward with creating a good co-parenting plan. Other individuals may be ready to get engaged to another person even though they’re not divorced yet.

If you’re in this situation, you may be wondering if you have to be divorced before getting engaged. Here are a few things to consider.

It’s not illegal to get engaged before you get divorced

You can get engaged while you’re still married. That’s because unlike a divorce, an engagement is not a legally binding agreement between two people. You also don’t have to obtain a license to get engaged. However, in most cases, you must get divorced before you remarry.

You shouldn’t set a wedding date until you’re divorced

If you and your soon-to-be-ex aren’t on good terms, setting the date for your future wedding might not be a good idea. Your upcoming wedding date could have a negative outcome on your divorce. You could tempt your ex to create conflict about important issues such as:

  • Child custody
  • Child support payments
  • Spousal support
  • Visitation schedules

If you have kids, put their needs first

You may be ready to move forward with a new relationship. However, you should always give your kids the time they need to move on and adjust to their new lives. No matter how old your children are, remember that putting their needs first is always your number one job as a parent.

You might find your new significant other before your divorce is finalized. Before marrying someone new, however, give yourself time to evaluate if you’re making the right decision. Consider speaking to a licensed counselor or therapist before moving forward with an engagement. Your family law attorney may also offer guidance.