Can my spouse restrict who I date in the divorce settlement?


That sounds a bit much, but it is conceivable that parties can contract or agree to certain “dating behavior” after a divorce. For example, the stipulation of settlement might say that the wife cannot cohabit with another man or else the alimony the husband pays to her will stop. Or it can say the husband is not to allow his girlfriends to spend time alone with the children. Or both parties may agree that there will be no sleep overs in the house while the children are under a certain age.
Parties in a divorce can agree to agree to any term or condition that does not violate the law. But I should caution women in particular to be careful about what they agree to in a stipulation of settlement. Don’t rush to hastily sign an agreement if you think certain terms are unreasonable. The time to bargain these terms out of the agreement if before you sign the stipulation. It is incredibly expensive to go back and undo a stipulation of settlement. In fact, it is very difficult to undo a stipulation of settlement after a divorce judgment is signed.
Just because you want the divorce to be over is no reason for you to hastily sign on the dotted line when the agreement itself is imbalanced or downright unreasonable. One spouse should not be able to limit the other spouse’s dating habit yet enjoy full and total freedom to date whomever he or she wishes.