Dating while married legal
It's an open question whether that law is constitutional, but you probably could live your life perfectly well without being the test case on that. She splits her home time between San Francisco and France.
With a Master's in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and J. A perpetual student and frequent teacher, she is also a writer and world traveler.
It's little wonder that both of you think of your marriage as over, but look out: Virginia doesn't.
Under Virginia law, you are married until you are divorced and if dating gets serious, you could find yourself without spousal support and even perhaps in jail on an adultery charge.
Even so, the presence of someone new, particularly when paraded in front of the spouse and/or children, can enrage the soon-to-be ex, and also create the suspicion that the relationship began as an “affair” before the separation.Since Virginia does not provide for legal separation, you will either have to organize finances during the year apart under a written separation agreement or else go through a suit for separate maintenance that settles alimony and custody but leaves you married without assets divided between you. Even if you negotiate and execute a settlement agreement or get a decree of separate maintenance from the court, you are still married in the eyes of the law in Virginia.That means that any dating you do, outside of the confines of the marriage, may be held against you in divorce court and beyond.For some men and their partners, this lifestyle is more than acceptable.For me, it is not one with which I wish to participate. I do not wish to pass judgment on others’ relationships as I figure there are enough tea leaves for all.