Can you date during a legal separation in New York?

Can you date during a legal separation in New York?

Dating while separated may give your spouse the grounds to divorce you under New York law. In New York, only a signed and notarized “separation agreement” gives you the legal right to live separate and apart from your spouse. Therefore, dating as soon as you physically separate can give your spouse grounds for divorce.

Can you be legally separated and live in the same house in NY?

Also, if a couple sign a separation agreement, but live together afterwards, the law may still consider them separated. For example, in one case a couple lived in the same house for four years after signing a separation agreement.

Do you have to be separated for a year to get a divorce in NY?

You may file for divorce in New York if you and your spouse have lived apart for at least one year and you have a separation agreement.

Is it better to get a legal separation before a divorce?

A legal separation is reversible. If you get divorced, there is no going back. Legal separations may also be easier for your children, because you remain married and it does not sound as devastating and final as a divorce. In some states, a separation is required before you can get a divorce under certain grounds.