On the other hand, if you live in a “separate property” state, generally everything with your name on it belongs to you.How property is treated in your state will affect how you proceed with protecting yourself.Find out if your paycheck, the car you purchased in your name, and your retirement account belong entirely to you or are half-owned by your spouse.If you live in a “community property” state, your spouse will own half of everything you acquired during your marriage – including your paycheck. ” This question comes up quite often for soon-to-be divorcees.And, the simple answer should always be: “Not until your divorce is final.” But, life is rarely simple.It can be much easier to protect your assets in a separate property state because ownership is clear.
The innocent new friend can be deposed by the other side’s lawyer (that is, asked questions that are taken under oath and recorded by a stenographer or even videotaped) and subpoenaed to testify at trial.
There is no distinction between platonic contacts and ones that are romantic or sexual, although from a practical standpoint, the romantic/sexual relationships are the ones that draw scrutiny and cause complications.
The reason divorce lawyers counsel against dating while the divorce is pending, even if separated, is that it has the potential to increase both the cost and the stress of the divorce trial. Judges, however, rarely punish someone who begins dating – sexually or otherwise – once they have physically separated from their spouse.
Divorcing clients are often lonely and stressed out, and they may be longing to meet someone new, feel desirable again, and just have fun.
So, many clients decide that just one date can’t hurt.