Dating a man whose divorce is not final

The questions that follow each section are questions to consider when you’re thinking about whether to continuing seeing him—especially if you have the intention of dating with the purpose of finding a life-partner.

These questions might not be as important to you if you’re just dating recreationally and short term.

But if you’re trying to date with the intention of finding a life-partner, and are looking for a long-term relationship, the questions below will help you see his situation more clearly, manage your expectations, and decide whether you want to stay in the relationship or leave.

He might be in the process of divorce, or the divorce papers might not have been filed at all.

Nolo.com, which is an online resource for legal information, explains the different types of separation this way: Trial separation.

When a couple lives apart for a test period, to decide whether or not to separate permanently, it’s called a trial separation.

Unfortunately (or fortunately…depending on how you look at it), there is no simple mathematical equation, or test, or quiz that can predict whether or not your relationship will be a lasting success.

Our life is an —not a foregone conclusion (and that’s a good thing! But the more aware you are of what, potentially, you’re getting into when you enter a relationship, the better you can mitigate your chances of heartbreak and relationship disaster.

Last modified 10-Aug-2015 16:46