Is This Adultery?

Cynthia Dermody

adulteryRelationships, separation and divorce despite all my efforts to ignore the tabloid play-by-play about Jon and Kate. So a question in The Cafe recently got my attention.

Is dating another person prior to a legal divorce adultery?

One view is that when a spouse cheats or otherwise withdraws from the relationship, he or she has broken the covenent and it's no longer binding. About three-quarters of moms in The Cafe discussion agree.

Another is that you are legally married on paper until a court dissolves it, so any relationship with another person is technically adultery.

Now let's hear what you say ...


Is dating before legal divorce an act of adultery?

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