Before you sign any type of agreement, even an informal one, you should discuss the legal and practical effects of the agreement with your attorney.
Under Virginia law, you are married until you are divorced and if dating gets serious, you could find yourself without spousal support and even perhaps in jail on an adultery charge.
In most cases you have to live separately for a year to qualify for a divorce in Virginia.
A couple may genuinely be stuck living under the same roof even while going through a half-year or full-year separation prior to divorce.
Description: If you negotiate a settlement agreement, be sure to talk to your attorney about including a clause that each spouse has the right to date others during the separation. How to File for a Marriage Separation in Tennessee.