They may search for love to help forget the bad times or just to have fun as they adopt a single lifestyle again.

Sometimes people aren’t looking to date anyone, but stumble into a casual-turned-passionate relationship despite themselves. Just don’t let it happen until after the divorce is final and, even then, be cognizant of the impact a new relationship will have on the children.

dating while separated " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="wp-image-12147 size-full" src="" alt="photo lovers on ocean beach" width="199" height="150" / First, dating while separated may be considered adultery or inappropriate marital conduct under Tennessee divorce law (discussed below).

Second, dating while separated can have lasting repercussions, affecting the former spouses’ relationship long after the divorce decree is entered.

Strained relations between former spouses are particularly problematic when they have young children to co-parent under a permanent parenting plan.

And dating, even if sex is not a part of it, can still be considered marital misconduct even if it does not rise to the level of adultery per se.

People who are separated from their spouses may have a strong desire to be with someone, a genuine need for affection and companionship.

So, once you have established a separate residence with the intention of ending your marriage, there is no need to wait until the Court has granted you an Absolute Divorce to go out on the town with someone new.

If you find yourself facing a complicated family law matter, we recommend that you contact an experienced family law attorney to help guide you through the often confusing and difficult process. Please contact our Family Law Team at Dozier Miller Law Group today.

But being separated is not the same as being single.

Separated is still married, but not living with one’s spouse.

The potential for negative consequences is not limited to a former spouse’s hurt, embarrassment, or hostility at being publicly humiliated.

Dating while separated, before the divorce is over, can put a strain on that parent’s relationship with adult children as well. If you need to know specifically if dating is a problem in your case, then talk to your Memphis, Tennessee, divorce lawyer.

Dating or having an illicit affair while separated from a spouse is marital misconduct.