Getting engaged before divorce is final


#1

I have been legally separated now with a separation agreement for over a year. There are no children or property to distribute and we were only married 1 year. I am starting the divorce process this week and hopefully complete by June. Can I be engaged prior to the absolute divorce being official?


#2

Why is it so important to be engage now? Can’t this wait a few months? Good luck with life!


#3

Not an Attorney

Engagement is not a legal entity, so it has no bearing on your separation/divorce. What does have bearing is whether this relationship that led to engagement started before your separation. If so, then your paramour is subject to a civil action of Alienation of Affection or Criminal Conversation. Also, understand, that if you are having sexual relations while separated and not legally divorced, you are committing a Class 2 misdemeanor crime in NC of adultery, although it’s not commonly prosecuted.


#4

Yes, you can be engaged prior to the divorce being final. Wcom is correct though. It’s the other issues that arise with the engagement that are concerning.