The Bible nowhere states that the “guilty” spouse in a divorce is allowed to remarry; therefore, he or she should not be dating.
That is, the innocent spouse has been abandoned by his/her unbelieving spouse or has been cheated on by an unrepentant adulterer.
In either case, the innocent spouse is mostly likely in a state of emotional turmoil and vulnerability.
Even the innocent victim of an unwanted divorce is still married until the marriage is legally or formally ended.
Forging a dating relationship outside of marriage, even for those getting a divorce, gives the wrong appearance.
Most people going through a divorce, even when it is not their fault and even when they have biblical reasons, are usually shattered by the circumstances and not in any frame of mind to be “dating.” People don’t usually make good decisions while “on the rebound.” For a still-hurting divorced person or someone in a painful divorce process to be dating is neither wise nor prudent.
The abandoned spouse may indeed be lonely, but making clear-headed, godly relationship decisions in such a situation is difficult, if not impossible.
The second situation in which dating during the divorce process could occur is that of a person who divorces his/her spouse for non-biblical reasons.
A divorce in this case, in the words of God, is due to “hardness of heart” (Mark 10:1–12).
Even though separated, you are still technically married until the court enters the order granting the divorce.