Viken says in the quote above, if a desire to see other people was a primary motivation behind the separation, that may signal that the relationship is too much danger for a temporary "break" to solve.
It may imply that the separation is less about re-evaluating the relationship and more about having a chance at guilt-free cheating for a while.
Well my situation is that initially my wife wanted a separation she said I was a trail for 3 month and we will see a therapist , when she moved out she decided not to stick to the 3 month and said when she feels like it il move back.
Alimony, child custody, parenting time, division of property, none of these issues have been finally resolved.
Deciding to date while separated can have a significant impact on negotiations, mediation, and settlement.
Of course, dating does not necessarily lead to sexual relations, but it certainly can and often does.
And dating, even if sex is not a part of it, can still be considered marital misconduct even if it does not rise to the level of adultery per se.
In some cases this may even be the stated purpose: partners (one or both) may openly proclaim that they want to see other people to relieve emotional or sexual frustration, and/or to reassure themselves that their partners are truly the ones they want to be with.
(This is a common justification offered for adultery, and to be fair a temporary separation is a more honest way to go about it.) But in either case, this goes deeper than the complaints of "I just can't stand him [or her] anymore" described in the article. Casually going out for dinner and a movie with someone is one thing, but intimacy—however you want to define it, whether emotional, physical or both—is another.
Sometimes people aren’t looking to date anyone, but stumble into a casual-turned-passionate relationship despite themselves. Just don’t let it happen until after the divorce is final and, even then, be cognizant of the impact a new relationship will have on the children.
The spouses are living separately and apart, for a year or more in some cases, while Tennessee divorce proceedings are ongoing.
As with everything within a relationship, it's up to the partners themselves to decide what they're comfortable with during the separation, especially regarding how much and what kind of intimacy in dating is allowed.