Dear hopeful:

Greetings. My general answer is no because adultery is a crime in North Carolina. Now, dating after the date of separation may also affect some alimony claims or alimony awards, if cohabitation is involved. Other than adultery, cohabitation, criminal conversation, and possibly alienation of affection issues, I cannot think of any other legal ramifications during the separation period at this time. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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If a married couple is living apart without intentions of ever living together again (ie separated), but do not have signed legal separation papers, are they allowed to date without legal ramifications during the year separation period? Thanks