Generally when Jared has to compare two dates, he'll do something simple like "if (date1 < date2) ..." A contractor no longer under his company's employ had his own unique approach...

public short TheLesserDate(string DateFrom, string DateTo)
{
    try
    {
        string delim = "/";
        string[] cons = DateFrom.Split(delim.ToCharArray());
        int intDateFrom = Convert.ToInt32(cons[2]) * 10000 +
                          Convert.ToInt32(cons[1]) * 100 +
                          Convert.ToInt32(cons[0]);

        delim = "/";
        cons = DateTo.Split(delim.ToCharArray());
        int intDateTo =   Convert.ToInt32(cons[2]) * 10000 +
                          Convert.ToInt32(cons[1]) * 100 +
                          Convert.ToInt32(cons[0]);
        if (intDateFrom < intDateTo)
        {
            return 1;
        }
        if (intDateFrom > intDateTo)
        {
            return 2;
        }
        return 0;
    }
    catch(Exception)
    {
        return 3;
    }
}