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What does it mean to ‘legally separate’?


The legal definition of ‘separation’ is essentially where a couple in a romantic relationship (being two people, whether the same or different sex) has been ‘brought to an end by the action or conduct of a person to the relationship’.

Basically, one of you has put an end to you being a romantically involved couple. You can be separated whilst still living together under the same roof.

You or your partner might decide that you’ll continue living under the same roof until you sort out how you’ll split your finances or your children’s care arrangements. There can be pros and cons to moving out or staying in the same house together.

Legal advice can give you specific detail about the advantages and disadvantages in continuing to live under the same roof after you’ve separated.

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