In particular I'm thinking of Ross's meticulously crafted defense of "we were on a temporary separation.
There are several reasons that the issue of dating during a temporary separation is so "fraught." As Ms.
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.
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Marital misconduct can encompass a wide variety of actions, including adultery and cruelty.
During the proceedings, the fact that a dating spouse is already separated will be noted, but that does not necessarily mean the circumstances of the new relationship will not be considered.
Dating during divorce can have legal consequences both for the divorcing spouse and their new partner.
Dating while separated can hold up and complicate the divorce proceedings, can effect custody and visitation decisions, and rarely but possibly, depending on the state, may be grounds for a lawsuit.