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    How can I tell if I'm living separate and apart?
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    Parties who live in different residences are considered to be separate and apart. Parties who live under the same roof, and even in the same bed, might also be considered separate and apart depending on the circumstances. In those cases the courts will look at such things as if the parties have been having sexual relations, are continuing with a shared social life, eat together, share the same food in the kitchen, do laundry together, etc. This can be a delicate question. Usually the actual date of separation doesn't matter much unless there is a doubt if the parties were separated when the divorce proceedings were begun or if a year has passed so that the divorce can be finalized.

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