Dating before the divorce is final

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The couple has been separated for over a year, living in two different states.

They do share a child together, an infant six months of age. The only communication the couple shares is via e-mail and it is not pleasant.

It would feel like cheating to me even if it is completely justified.

I believe in trying to live life in the way that makes you proud of who you are and what decisions you make, regardless of what other people have done to hurt you.

Remember, until you’re actually divorced, any sexual relationship you engage in is technically adultery.

Judges, psychologists, and other experts who are involved in a custody determination may be turned off by the fact that you’re already dating someone, and may question your ability to be a role model.

The person may be required to provide testimony under oath about whether the couple are having sex and how long they have been involved, how much the divorcing spouse has spent in connection with the relationship, whether the spouse gave the partner any gifts from marital funds, and whether the spouse shared any “secrets” that could be relevant to the divorce proceedings.

It’s not unheard of for a person who is dating a divorcing spouse to get dragged into the court case.

What is your opinion on one or both of them beginning...

They do share a child together, an infant six months of age. The only communication the couple shares is via e-mail and it is not pleasant. After a spouse dies, one year is considered a fair time to grieve before dating again. (No, I don't mean to sound as if I take divorce lightly) Just take it slow and try to avoid deep commitment until the divorce is final.

This information – and any lies or exaggerations – could be used against the person in the divorce case.

In the end, whether to date during a divorce, and how discreet you are about it, are highly personal decisions.

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