A spouse can separate for any reason. Even though the separation might be caused by that person’s own actions, such as having an affair, there is no punishment meted out or penalty that has to be paid for separating. If an affair occurs, it is unlikely to have an impact on the determination of the outstanding issues. The spouse that had an affair is still allowed in the family home. However, in very rare and unique situations, the affair can
When it comes to ending a relationship, whether it’s a legal marriage or a common law relationship, it only takes one person to make that decision. Some action is required to signify separation (in other words, for the relationship to have broken down to the point where there is no chance of reconciliation), usually occurring when one spouse tells the other. An outward action to the world typically follows and is very helpful in establishing the precise date of separation.