South Carolina is not a progressive state when it comes to divorce.
Some states no longer recognize fault-based grounds at all.
In states where legal separation involves a court proceeding similar to and as complicated as divorce, or when spouses have signed a separation agreement and want to begin dating, it might make sense for them to simply divorce instead, so they can move on with their lives.
Usually the largest asset that a couple acquires during their marriage is their home.
If a married but separated man takes a woman out for dinner, but drops her off at the end of the evening and goes his own way, it’s generally not adultery. If he dates that woman repeatedly and they begin spending time together in each other’s homes, this can open the door for his spouse to claim the affair is adulterous because sexual contact might be taking place.
It would depend on the opinion of the officers conducting the inquiry.
Some states, such as New Jersey, call this a divorce from bed and board.
However, spouses are still legally married when they separate by this method. Adultery requires that sexual contact exists between a married individual and someone other than his spouse.
This resulted in him moving out and getting his own place, and quickly moving on to a new girlfriend.
Even still, they were in contact as they share custody of their three kids.
Some states consider a couple legally separated when they have signed a separation or marital settlement agreement and relocated to separate homes.