Based upon my own journey through divorce, book research and work as a therapist, I say with certainty that those who are separated often crave validation and companionship to stave off loneliness.They often desire affection and sometimes, they desire just that...desire.Dating might be adultery before a divorce is final -- but it might not be.The significance of committing adultery also varies from state to state.This is a question I am frequently asked; and although the technically correct answer is “yes,” my advice is usually “NO!” Such advice, however, bears further clarification of context.In the eyes of the military, you are still married.
An outside dating relationship can affect the emotional dynamics of those negotiations and frequently makes the process significantly more difficult.
If this person’s character and moral qualities are in question, the other parent of your children could use your involvement with this person as a reason to try to change the custody arrangement.
Scenario Two If at any time before your separation, you were accused of having an illicit sexual relationship with this person you plan to date, then obviously your involvement with this person after your separation could possibly be used as evidence of such a relationship having existed prior to the separation.
Some states consider a couple legally separated when they have signed a separation or marital settlement agreement and relocated to separate homes.
A separation agreement is a binding contract, but the contract is between the spouses and doesn't involve the court until they’re divorced and it becomes part of a decree. In other states, legal separation is a process similar to divorce.