How is separation defined?
Parties are "separated" when at least one person communicates their intention to the other party that the relationship has ended, and both parties no longer live together as husband and wife. This can happen when one of the parties' moves out of the home, or parties can be "separated" under the one roof if they are leading separate lives there.
What should I do now that we are separated?
It is important to see a lawyer if you are considering a separation or as soon as you separate from your partner. Early action can assist to ensure you know and understand your rights, obligations and entitlements.