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D.W.S. (Dating While Separated)

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Can I date after I separate from my spouse, but have not officially divorced? This is a question a lot of people ask once they are no longer living as a married couple. Legally, the answer is yes. There is no criminal law that prevents someone from dating after separation and before the divorce is final. Whether you were unhappy in your marriage for a long time prior to separating, or as the months have passed after your separation you find that you miss the companionship of another person, it’s reasonable to ask about dating. Many people enjoy having a special “someone” to share their free time with and waiting the “year and a day” from your date of separation to file for divorce can seem daunting without companionship and …