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Separation is defined as the intention of one or both parties not to continue with the relationship and act as if the relationship has come to an end.

If one of the parties alone considers that the relationship is at an end, that party must communicate this to the other party.

It is important to document when the relationship has come to an end as this will affect when a married party can apply for a divorce.

In defacto matters, you must commence proceedings for property matters within 2 years of the cessation of the domestic relationship.

You can be separated and living under the same roof.

If you need any advice about separation, or any family law matter, one of our friendly team is available for a confidential discussion on 9687 9322.