Until the marriage is dissolved, dating represents infidelity and that is not a good thing in Tennessee divorce.
A spouse who dates while separated, even secretively, will complicate the divorce, putting alimony, child custody, parenting time, even the division of property at risk.
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Most experienced Tennessee divorce attorneys have witnessed how a client’s dating during the period of separation has thrown a monkey wrench into the divorce proceedings.
The cohabiting parent can be ordered to pay more to support the children, whether he or she is the Alternative Residential Parent (ARP) or Primary Residential Parent (PRP).
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The judge considers many factors in determining alimony, one of which is the spouses’ respective marital fault, if any.
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.