Trial Separation | Practical Separation Advice from Cotswold Family Law

Is a trial separation legal? 

The short answer is that a trial separation does not effect a divorce one way or another. It carries no legal weight. A trial separation does not mean that the parties are legally separated in any formal way or that they are divorced. 

When you opt for a trial separation, you remain married and therefore retain an interest in each other’s assets.  The only way that a trial separation may have any consequences is if the parties then go on to get divorced using the grounds of two years separation with consent. 

A temporary separation does not affect in any way whether parties get divorced or not.  It is not in itself a ground for divorce and a trial separation involving one party leaving the matrimonial home does not in any way affect that party's interest in that property.

Circumstances differ from individual to individual, so it is always recommended that you obtain professional advice if you are thinking of ending a marriage, especially if children or property are involved.

At Cotswold Family Law, we can advise you on all aspects of separation and divorce. We always aim to help you resolve matters in a non-confrontational manner, minimising stress and conflict and allowing you to move on with your life.

To discuss your individual circumstances, please contact us for an appointment.

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