Dating after legal separation

If you are thinking of dating someone outside of the relationship, this article will discuss some things you will want to consider prior to taking that step.

You’ve moved out, gotten your own place, and you’re starting to think about moving on with your life.

Dating can have both personal and legal consequences that can be harmful to your divorce action.

Under North Carolina General Statute 50-6, a couple must be separated for one year before a divorce is final.

Marital misconduct can encompass a wide variety of actions, including adultery and cruelty.

During the proceedings, the fact that a dating spouse is already separated will be noted, but that does not necessarily mean the circumstances of the new relationship will not be considered.

In most cases, you do not need to go to the court and file for separation.

This is especially true if the dating spouse begins cohabitating with their new partner during the divorce process.For example, the judge might disapprove of the dating spouse's behavior and develop a bias against them.While such a bias is ostensibly unacceptable in the U. legal system, judges are human and biases are natural and even probable in some instances.Even if you did not begin dating someone until after the date of separation, a suspicious former spouse may see the new boyfriend or girlfriend as the cause of the marriage’s end and bring a court action.This action has a three year statute of limitations and doesn’t require sexual relations, unlike an action for “criminal conversation”.You and your spouse will need to live apart from each other for at least a year.

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