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There are plenty of emotional reasons to steer clear of someone who is separated from their spouse, but not legally divorced yet. They're not ready for a new relationship yet; they're using you to hurt their ex; they might get back together with their spouse; heck, they're probably still living together!

These are all good reasons, and they don't even touch on the legal ramifications of what would still be an extramarital relationship. So what do you need to know about dating someone who is legally separated?

Pledging Extra: Considering Covenant Marriages

Covenant marriage is for couples who are extra committed. They are so committed that they accept certain legal obstacles to splitting up before they have even pledged their lives to one another.

This type of marriage is relatively new under state law, but it refers to the oldest tradition in the book: a deal before God. Let’s take a look at covenant marriage.

Health insurance is a tricky thing. Sometimes it's tied to our employers, which can in turn tie us to jobs we no longer want. Other times, we're insured through a spouse, which in the same way can tie us to a relationship that is no longer working.

If you have health insurance coverage through a spouse and are considering a divorce, the apprehension about how to pay for your health care after the split can be a major concern. So here are some things to keep in mind regarding what effect a divorce may have on your health insurance.

Top 5 Alimony Questions

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is money paid from one ex-spouse to another following a divorce. Not all divorces include alimony agreements and the amount of spousal support can vary depending on your particular circumstances as well as state law.

But there are some general guidelines to paying and receiving alimony, including how long spousal support payments will last, how to adjust the payment amount, and what to do if your ex stops paying. Here are the biggest questions, and some answers, to alimony questions from our archives:

We all love our pets, but often that love doesn't extend to other people's pets or strays; especially if they're straying onto our property and leaving a little something behind. Feral, stray, or wandering cats can be a nuisance -- one that tempts us to engage in some extreme behavior. But taking matters into your own hands might be a little too extreme.

So if you're thinking about killing a cat on your property, you should think about this first:

How to Prevent a Child Abduction

A parent's worst nightmare is losing a child, especially to abduction. For better or worse, abductions are not just perpetrated by strangers driving scary vans and luring kids with candy -- sometimes family members abduct a kid or hire someone else to do so.

Knowing this, you wish you could keep your kid by your side at all times. But you cannot. Still, there are steps you can take to prevent tragedy and to ensure that law enforcement can do all that's possible to find your child should the worst occur.

You're not divorced yet, and maybe you're still not sure whether you want a divorce at all. All you know is that you need a little breathing room, and you don't want to be the one shacking up in a motel for the night or longer. You want your spouse out of the house, but how do you make it happen?

As with many life issues, there are legal and non-legal remedies, and even the legal remedies can vary depending on where you live.

How to Change the Deal in a Divorce Agreement

When you first got divorced, you were just relieved to be done with your spouse. But now your initial relief has been replaced by dismay. You believe a mistake was made in the lower court or your circumstances have changed and the court ordered arrangement will not work for you.

You want to challenge or change the terms of your divorce or modify the decree to accommodate changed circumstances. And you can. Let's consider your options.

Benefits and Privileges of Domestic Partnerships

Civil unions, or domestic partnerships, give committed couples benefits, legal recognition, and official status with the state. Traditionally, only married people were awarded these types of benefits.

In the US, civil unions became popular in great part because same-sex couples could not marry, which is no longer the case. But these unions are actually for any couple who can't or won't get married for political or personal reasons yet is truly together, ostensibly forever. Let's consider what domestic partnership offers, legally.

How to Divorce a Spouse in Jail or Prison

You get married and promise yourself to someone forever without knowing quite what that means. But when your spouse is arrested for a crime, charged, convicted, and imprisoned, then maybe you rethink your original plan and you decide to divorce. What impact will your spouse's incarceration have on the process?

Well, that depends. State divorce statutes vary and different locales have different grounds for divorce, as well as distinct processes for terminating a marriage. Let's look at some examples.