I have been separated for about 6 months now. My wife and I are in good terms. Recently I’ve become very good friends with a woman at work, but not romantically or sexually, just plain friendship. We have even started a small business together.
This friend is about to get separated from her husband and she is miserable living with the guy, so I would like to ask her to come stay with me since I have a spare bedroom with its own bathroom and the place is big enough for both, plus since we are starting this business together, it also helps if she’s here since we have more time to dedicate to that. The place I live is a rental and is only in my name.
My question is, would it bring me trouble to have this friend living here, even though there is nothing beyond a good friendship? I read that if a spouse takes the other spouse to court to get alimony and the supporting spouse cheated on the other spouse the judge would rule against the supporting spouse, so that’s the only reason I’m worried about inviting my friend here. If I were to tell my wife that my friend is staying with me for a few weeks until she finds a place to live, could she use that against me in court if she wanted? Is the simple fact of having my friend living here temporarily proof enough that I’m cheating on my wife, or would my testimony in court (and maybe my friend’s) would be enough to proove that there is no sexual or romantic relation between us and I’m only helping her to get back on her feet?
If I decide to invite her to stay, should I tell my wife about it, or not? As I said, we are in good terms, but her family doesn’t like me and they love talking trash to her about me.