If a couple do not want to lodge an unreasonable behaviour or adultery petition they can wait two years to obtain a separation on the grounds of two years separation by consent which negates the need to raise issues about the other person.
However, it is very difficult to live separate and apart for those two years without financially regulating what will happen during that time.
Therefore it is important to have a separation agreement which can be drafted and agreed via solicitors that sets out what you intend to do financially in the short term and long term.
There are legal advantages and disadvantages of using a separation agreement rather than a divorce agreement, so it is extremely important to discuss these with your solicitor so that you fully understand the implications of each approach.
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