Relationships have gotten really complicated these days.

With people marrying less and divorcing more, it's no wonder that the opportunity, and challenge, of dating while separated has become pretty commonplace.

In Texas, for example, you remain married from a tax perspective until your divorce is final, even though you're legally separated.

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The IRS considers you married for the entire tax year when you have no separation maintenance decree by the final day of the year.

If you are married by IRS standards, you can only choose "married filing jointly" or "married filing separately" status.

Filing jointly could pose risks, however, since you share responsibility for any taxes due along with related penalties and interest.

December 31 is an important day for separated couples.

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I most often run into people dating while separated when they're separated themselves and involved with someone else who's separated too.

A more accurate term for 'separated' in most of these cases would really be 'separating,' since few of these people are actually through their divorces or have completely ended their previous relationships.

Have you noticed the number of people who get married the day after they are divorced? If the separation period is a time to seek reconciliation, why spend energy in an activity that leads to divorce and remarriage? We are still married while we are separated, and we ought to so live, whether or not our spouse complies.