Dating Relationship Law and Legal Definition

Dating relationship is a term which is governed primarily by state laws, which vary by state. Generally, a dating relationship is defined as a romantic or intimate social relationship between two individuals that is determined by the facts ineach case, such as the length of the relationship, the type of the relationship, the frequency of interaction between the two individuals involved in the relationship. Dating relationship does not include a casual relationship or ordinary fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context.

The following is an example of one state's defintion of a dating relationship:

" As used in this section, “dating relationship” means frequent, intimate associations primarily characterized by the expectation of affectional involvement. This term does not include a casual relationship or an ordinary fraternization between 2 individuals in a business or social context."