means you are still legally married to each other, so having a sexual relationship with someone else is considered adultery which in North Carolina is considered a criminal offense [see statute below]. Many people believe they are free to date once they are legally separated, but technically they are committing an offense, however with it would change an outcome of their separation
agreement is doubtful unless such relationship was the cause of the separation.
§ 14-184. Fornication and adultery. If any man and woman, not being married to each other, shall lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit together, they shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor: Provided, that the admissions or confessions of one shall not be received in evidence against the other.
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