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Can you be legally separated but still live in the same house?

Written by: HHLaw (View All Posts ) Published: November 9, 2022
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This is commonly referred to as living separate and apart but under the same roof.  Often, the cost of moving into another residence on separation is prohibitive and both spouses have to continue to live in the same home while they work out their case.  So long as you do not resume marital relations and generally spend as much time apart as possible, your separation date will be the date on which you decided to separate.  This is important as you need to be separated for a year before you can apply for a divorce.