Dating a man who is separated from his wife

But still being married to him is a whole other level of embarrassment. When you tell people—dates or otherwise—you’re separated, they ask the following questions, in this order: “How long have you been separated?” When I tell them it’s been over a year now, the next question is always, “So how come you’re not divorced yet? But separated.”I have said these words out loud on about a half-dozen dates in the last few months and, on other occasions, I haven’t said them at all—opting instead to say them internally over casual drinks with a potential love interest.I like to think that if I’ve said them in my head with the of injecting them into the conversation, it gets me off the hook somehow.While I don’t regret my marriage (regret is too strong a word), I do consider it a mistake, and one that will continue to embarrass me long after the divorce papers are signed in—well, 2025, at this rate.

So on the few occasions that I admitted that I’m married but separated, I’ve had to get into the details of why this is the case.To further complicate matters, the Uniform Code of Military Justice has its own laws regarding adultery among members of the United States military.Dating might be adultery before a divorce is final -- but it might not be.This doesn’t usually go over very well: Not only do very few men, in my experience, seem to want to date a woman who’s still legally married to another man and could be for a long time, but very few men want to date a woman who would have gotten herself caught up in such a predicament in the first place.“You seem like a very intelligent woman,” one date said to me back in July.

“So I’m really confused as to how you could have not just dated, but married someone who is such a —” But he stopped himself there.

When we’re newly in love, most of us seem to find everything endearing.

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