Townsend Ask nearly any Tennessee divorce attorney whether he or she recommends having a client date or become otherwise romantically involved prior to the conclusion of divorce proceedings. Until the divorce decree is signed by the judge, a party is still married in the eyes of the law and technically not free to date.
In states such as Tennessee that recognize fault in a divorce case, dating during divorce proceedings can be characterized as adultery, which is a ground for divorce.
The spouse may also claim that you are committing adultery and could try to use that against you in the divorce case.
If the judge determines that adultery was committed, you could end up with less in the divorce.
The judge then signs on the decree, granting the divorce right then and there, as long as everything makes sense.