While I don’t have to tell you that dating while separated is risky, it is ultimately your decision.Technically, as far as the Court is concerned, you are still married by law.Every currently separated man I met/interacted with/dated did, in fact, eventually get divorced. There are some important indicators to look for that distinguish a married man with no intention of divorcing his wife and the currently separated man who will divorce his wife.From my unofficial research, this is one of the most critical steps in determining whether a guy is serious about divorce. If they are maintaining separate homes 100% of the time, then this is a very strong indicator that the divorce will proceed. This is an even bigger step in demonstrating his sincerity. His wife knows that he is serious about moving forward with the divorce.Rather than assigning blame for problems, discuss what went wrong and what each of you could have done differently. If you reach a point where you know reconciliation is no longer an option, voice that to your spouse. When dates with your estranged spouse go well, physical intimacy seems a natural progression.
As long as you know the risks, you can date, but of course, use your best judgement.
So, you and your spouse have made the decision to get divorced. Admittedly, this is a period where you may feel “stuck.” You are waiting out the required one year of separation (or 6-months if there are no kids involved), and you feel ready to “reinvent” yourself – ready to move on and get on with your life.
You’re both on the same page and agree that the marriage can’t be saved. But, in the Court’s eyes, what are you allowed to do in terms of dating?
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.
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To be clear, I have met and dated several men who were married but separated.