Dating after legal separation

If infidelity/adultery — an intimate relationship with someone other than your spouse prior to separating — is an issue, then continuing a relationship with that same person after the separation can be used as evidence to prove adultery. Proof of adultery may affect alimony and child custody.

If you are in that situation, your legal situation becomes more complicated and discussing the specifics with your lawyer is important.

Like ripples on a pond, the repercussions can affect family relationships for many years to come. In Tennessee divorce law, having sex with someone who is not your spouse prior to divorce, but after separation, is still adultery.

Of course, dating does not necessarily lead to sexual relations, but it certainly can and often does.

Of course, no one can stop you from dating, but the question really becomes should you date?

Evidence of post-date of separation conduct can be used to prove pre-date of separation conduct.And dating, even if sex is not a part of it, can still be considered marital misconduct even if it does not rise to the level of adultery per se.People who are separated from their spouses may have a strong desire to be with someone, a genuine need for affection and companionship. "By Straight Male Friend Marcus Osborne for Gal Believe what you hear, divorce is hard. Multiply that agony by ten if there are children involved. Related: Dating After Divorce-- Get Your Mojo Back The oddity is that often during a separation the parties agree to be open to seeing other people, even though the door is supposedly open for reconciliation. Do you tell people you're dating that you're just separated? Other than perhaps the death of a family member, the severing of what was expected to be a lifelong union is about as emotionally crippling as any life as experience an individual will ever survive. If one of us knows they want out, what’s the point of a separation in the first place?