“When that one spouse visits a lawyer, they place the entire family in the hands of a hostile court system.
If the divorce is truly only a formality and the marriage really ended a long time ago, then it can make sense to start dating again as long as you're careful with both yourself and everyone else involved.
The Barna Research Group estimates that 25 percent of Catholics who have been married have been divorced — that’s lower than the general population, but high nonetheless.
But the group’s research also says that only 49 percent of those Catholics go to Mass on any given week.
Scott Thompson has been writing professionally since 1990, beginning with the "Pequawket Valley News." He is the author of nine published books on topics such as history, martial arts, poetry and fantasy fiction.
His work has also appeared in "Talebones" magazine and the "Strange Pleasures" anthology.
If your relationship with your ex isn't emotionally resolved for both of you, then it's a bad idea to date before the divorce is final.