Dating during marital separation
Never go on a date with your spouse during separation out of guilt.
Trying to let him down gently by dating will backfire. Dating during separation is not a time to sweep marital troubles under the rug.
Jen Whitten began her freelance writing career in 2003.
Her experience in the financial services industry and as a healthy living consultant informs her articles for e How, LIVESTRONG. She has received series 7, series 66 and Group 1 life insurance licenses, as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Dating might be termed as adultery before the divorce is confirmed – or it may not be. It is not new to see couples moving on with their lives after separation.
The conjunction of the terms separation, adultery, and dating can be very confusing.
The laws vary by state, so it's important to check with your lawyer to make sure there are no legal consequences if you start dating your spouse while separated.
In some states, dating doesn't cause any issues, but moving back in together can affect your legal separation.
If you’ll use your separation period to determine whether you wish to stay married to your spouse, dating plays an important role.
Here are some guidelines for dating that I’ve seen couples discuss productively in mediation: Talk about how these ideas might work for your family: Is it ok to introduce the kids after three months of dating?
It may seem surprising how many people separate without ever having a conversation about dating – it’s one of those difficult discussions that strikes at the heart of vulnerability, especially if the separation is not mutually desired or if kids are involved.
Let’s face it, separation is a sad but sometimes necessary action needed to protect the physical/emotional well being of the person who leaves and/or the children involved.
For example, if a husband is physically violent against his wife or kids, the person in this abusive relationship should seek assistance and remove themselves from that dangerous situation.