They may want time to see how they do living apart or to seek counseling to save their marriage. If they can’t afford to live apart, they may act as though they are separated while living in the same home - as roommates without cohabitation (sexual relations).
When it becomes clear that the separation is going to last for some time or that the next likely step is divorce, a couple may enter into a “separation agreement,” which is a written agreement that spells out how the couple wants to handle certain issues during their separation, including child custody and support, alimony payments (if any), and the division of property.
Being separated, or entering into a separation agreement, does not mean that a couple is no longer married, is “legally separated,” or “divorced.” It just means the couple is currently separated.
Similarly, if they have a “separation agreement,” it just shows that they are currently separated and have made some agreements to help spell out rights and responsibilities during this time period.
This article explains the differences between these concepts and provides a basic overview of military divorce.
Sometimes, couples (both military and civilian) that are going through a rough patch in their marriage choose to separate before pursuing a divorce.
Military divorce and separation issues are fairly complex because they may be governed by a combination of military codes, state divorce laws and Federal statutes.
As stated above, the only way to end your marriage is through divorce.
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