I believe my spouse wants a divorce. Is there any harm in dating other people before the divorce is final?
California is a no-fault state, which means that one spouse does not have to prove that the other has done something wrong in order to obtain a divorce. So, while it is acceptable to date other people before the divorce is finalized, the real question is whether it is smart to be dating other people before the divorce is final. If one spouse is dating, for example, it may make it more emotionally difficult for the other spouse to proceed with the divorce. The non-dating spouse may also become suspicious about when the relationship began. If a spouse has spent community funds on the person he or she dated during the marriage, the community could seek reimbursement for those funds.