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Separate but Not

One requirement to obtain a divorce is the parties having lived “separate and apart” for a period in excess of 6 months. Today, many people thinking about divorce cannot afford to be separated.

Good news! Living separate does not have to be a physical separation as many people think. People can live under the same roof, share the same house and utilities, and still be considered living “separate and apart”. Two parties filing for divorce are determined to live separate and apart where they cease cohabitating as a married couple. For example, where the parties sleep in separate bedrooms, they are deemed living separate and apart.

Contact a trusted family law attorney if you need help determining whether your circumstances qualify for divorce.