Separated and dating

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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 especially true if the dating spouse begins cohabitating with their new partner during the divorce process.While it’s true that you do need to be extra mindful of your needs and motivations, dating while separated isn’t impossible.Before you consider getting back into the dating game, you’ll need some real honest talks with your ex. If your ex is hoping for a reconciliation, they’re not going to love the idea of you dating someone new.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.For example, the judge might disapprove of the dating spouse's behavior and develop a bias against them.

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