In cases where I am representing the innocent spouse who did not stray from the marriage, is it okay for him or her to date? It is clearly wrong to introduce your children to your boyfriend or girlfriend during a divorce.
If anything, you are putting the children into an uncomfortable position, doing damage to them, and also adding fuel to the fire towards your soon to be ex-spouse.
People who are separated from their spouses may have a strong desire to be with someone, a genuine need for affection and companionship.
In addition, with digital photography on every cell phone and other electronic devices, who knows who is watching you. Many judges have the attitude that until a divorce is final, you are legally married, and for that reason you should not date.
Some judges will have a more lenient attitude and say, once a divorce is filed, unless there are child related issues, dating becomes irrelevant, unless someone is really being inappropriate.
Like ripples on a pond, the repercussions can affect family relationships for many years to come. In Tennessee divorce law, having sex with someone who is not your spouse prior to divorce, but after separation, is still adultery.
Of course, dating does not necessarily lead to sexual relations, but it certainly can and often does.