Dating a legally separated man
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.
Either way, the other spouse may become confrontational, may become unwilling to compromise and obstinate during the proceedings, or, at best, may become cold and distrustful of the dating spouse.
These feelings can cause property division to be more difficult, as well as other aspects of the divorce.
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.
Dating while in the process of a divorce may also affect child custody determinations.
In some states, the spurned spouse can sue for "alienation of affection." An alienation of affection suit is when a spouse who was cheated on sues a third party essentially for stealing the other spouse and breaking up the marriage.
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Dating during divorce can have legal consequences both for the divorcing spouse and their new partner.
Dating while separated can hold up and complicate the divorce proceedings, can effect custody and visitation decisions, and rarely but possibly, depending on the state, may be grounds for a lawsuit.
In addition, in some states the new relationship may be considered in the division of property or alimony determinations, so the dating spouse may not get as much as they want out of the divorce depending on the new partner's financial circumstances.