California is a No-Fault state. This means that the courts are generally not concerned if one spouse has an affair. This does not affect the outcome of the case. It has no affect on the division of property nor does it affect spousal support.
It generally does not affect child custody and visitation either. However, courts can create certain guidelines. I have seen judges order that neither party introduce significant others to minor children for some determined period of time. The concern in such cases, is for the well-being of the children. If the judge believes that it is in the best interest of the children to have some time to adjust to the divorce, the judge can order that neither parent introduce a new partner to the children. This will allow the children to adjust to the fact the parents are divorcing and will give them time to adjust to the fact that mom or dad has a new romantic interest.
It is therefore important that when a parent is beginning to date, that he or she consider the affect this can have on minor children. Doing so can gain favor in the eyes of the court, or at least it wont make that parent seem insensitive to the needs of the child.
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