Dating while married legal

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I am a 40-something single woman interested in dating single, heterosexual men yet lately I seem to meet more than the usual of those who are Dating While Married (DWM).

This DWM label fits quite a few—some of whom I have known for years.

When you read that every state offers no-fault divorce, you may not have understood that some of these offers are conditional.

In Virginia, your couple can only qualify for no-fault divorce after you live separately for an entire year.

Even if everything is on the up-and-up, the result is a lot of unnecessary aggravation and cost.

A recent dinner with a past acquaintance has brought me to a place where I now know a conversation on why-I-even-dressed-up-for-a-dinner-with-a-man-I-had-no-idea-was-married-until-we-were-well-into-dessert is very much needed.

If you negotiate a settlement agreement, be sure to talk to your attorney about including a clause that each spouse has the right to date others during the separation.

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.

The innocent new friend can be deposed by the other side’s lawyer (that is, asked questions that are taken under oath and recorded by a stenographer or even videotaped) and subpoenaed to testify at trial.

The purpose is to determine exactly when the relationship began, whether it is sexual, whether any marital property has been transferred to the new friend, such as by gift, how much money was spent on dating this person, and whether the spouse has said anything that could be used against him or her at trial.

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