For instance the state of California in USA, has a process called bifurcation which allows partners to be restored to the status of single persons within six months of filing for divorce.
This is so that one can get back to a normal social life while the legal process of divorce follows its own course.
In some cases, dating before the finalization of the divorce process may be construed as infidelity on the part of your partner and he/she may have to explain in the court why they couldn’t wait before the divorce was finalized.
Again if your partner is already contesting the divorce case against his/her estranged spouse, matters might get even worse.
You need to be emotionally prepared in order to cope with a vast fluctuation of moods and feelings in your partner.
Limited opportunities for romance Your partner may have actually filed for divorce but dating might be difficult if only for practical reasons.
Ask your partner if he/she has actually filed for divorce and not merely seeing a lawyer or checking with his/her shrink.
Even when your partner seems genuinely committed to getting a divorce, he/she might back away eventually by deciding to give his/her marriage another chance or when confronted with the possibility of losing the kids.
Such a date may be ready to move you with a sob story about how mean, unfaithful their spouse is when the reality may be entirely different.
So before you find yourself drawn into an unhappy situation, get the real picture.
Get the full story before you start seriously dating a partner who for all legal purposes may not be single at all.