With people marrying less and divorcing more, it's no wonder that the opportunity, and challenge, of dating while separated has become pretty commonplace. It may seem like no big deal, I mean separated is nearly divorced, right? Not exactly. Dating while separated poses a number of potential problems. Separation is not tantamount to divorce. We are still married while we are separated, and we ought to so live, whether or not our spouse complies. Don’t Date While Separated. I know this is difficult to accept, but I believe the present trend of open dating immediately after separation must be deterred. Dating while separated is a tricky place to be: You’re looking for companionship and maybe even love, but here you are, coming out of a relationship that you thought would last forever. It’s enough to scare you away from putting yourself back out there, but we’ve got tips to help you check that baggage.