Can you date while separated in SC, and how would it affect you in divorce?

Asked about 2 years ago - Columbia, SC

Someone and their husband plan to separate within the next month. For some reason, one of them seems to think that they can date others and it won't affect them if they are "legally separated," if that even exists.

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  1. Evan Kyle Guthrie

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . There is no "legally separated" in South Carolina. There is a one year period of continuous separation period for a no fault divorce ground. Until the divorce is final any dating could be seen as adultery and be used against them in the divorce proceeding. A divorce attorney can give more information.

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  2. Alexandria Broughton Skinner


    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . I agree with Mr. Guthrie. I would never advise a client to date while they are still married. I recognize (of course) that in this world of seemingly throw-away marriages, many people choose to date others while they are still married. That doesn't make it right. No matter how common it is in this culture, dating others while still married is a betrayal of the marriage vow, and sex outside of marriage is adultery. The main consequence of adultery, in law, is that the adulterous spouse will not be entitled to receive any alimony from the non-adulterous spouse.

    This is general feedback only, it is not legal advice and does not create an attorney client relationship.

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Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

Alternatives to divorce

Divorce is not the only solution to marital difficulties. Marriage counseling, legal separation, or annulment are other alternatives.

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