A separation between a husband and wife occurs when the parties’ stop living together as husband and wife. Often time the husband and wife disagree as to when they separated and a hearing before the court is necessary.
This legal separation date is established, either by consent of the parties or by judicial determination, as part of the divorce process.
Frankly, short of admitting physical abuse, I cannot think a tactic that could be worse. I would be handling this matter in an entirely different manner.
I do not know the details of your boyfriend's separation or his financial affairs but he should know that this is NOT a matter to be taken lightly as it can have a significant effect that endures for years to come.
If you have been separated but living together for some time, you can still go through a divorce proceeding based upon an irretrievable breakdown.
Pennsylvania does not, however, have a formal method of filing for a legal separation.
Likewise, debts incurred following the date of separation are most often considered non-marital debts, while debts incurred prior to the date of separation are generally considered martial debts.
Some marital assets, such as a home will be valued at the time of resolution or trial, while post-separation increases in retirement accounts are generally non-marital.
You may reside in the same home, but you have no relationship; you just cross paths.
When this has been the case for two years, it becomes a no-fault ground for divorce, even if one of you doesn’t want the divorce.
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Determining the date of separation becomes even more difficult if there is an attempt at reconciliation which fails.