That's why it's so important to speak to your lawyer if you plan to or have already begun a relationship during your separation.
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My husband of 23 years and I have been seperated for three months now. Here is my question, Is it appropriate to date or fool around during a seperation?
Some states have laws stating that a spouse cohabitating with a parter of the opposite sex is presumed to have a decreased need for spousal support.
Dating before a divorce is final is one of the typical issues that causes heightened conflict during a divorce.
Dating while going through a divorce can have a number of negative effects on the divorce proceedings, both in court and emotionally.
Additionally, while every state is now a no-fault divorce state, marital misconduct can still be considered in some situations.
The cheating spouse and the third party do not necessarily even have to have a sexual relationship – in some places, a family member who convinces one spouse to leave the other might be liable for alienation of affection (though this is very uncommon).
Another, even less common, suit is one for "criminal conversation." In a criminal conversation suit, the wronged spouse again sues, but for the suit to proceed there must have been a sexual relationship.
If the new partner makes the children feel uncomfortable, whether it has to do with the partner personally or it's related to the children feeling that the partner may be at fault or contributing to the separation and divorce, this is likely to have an effect on custody decisions made by the judge.