Essentially, if you can prove that the relationship did not begin until after you separated, it hurts your former spouse’s claim that your boyfriend or girlfriend caused the marriage’s end.Beyond these actions, dating can have an effect on any post-separation support you may receive.
If you genuinely like someone, that’s a great reason to date them.
Under North Carolina General Statute 50-6, a couple must be separated for one year before a divorce is final.
Even though separated, you are still technically married until the court enters the order granting the divorce.
North Carolina law still permits an action for “alienation of affection” against a third party whom the plaintiff feels is responsible for ending the marriage.
Even if you did not begin dating someone until after the date of separation, a suspicious former spouse may see the new boyfriend or girlfriend as the cause of the marriage’s end and bring a court action.
This action has a three year statute of limitations and doesn’t require sexual relations, unlike an action for “criminal conversation”.