Separation is when you and your partner stop living together in a domestic or marriage-like relationship.
Your partner does not have to agree to the separation, however they need to know that you think the relationship is over. There are no legal processes to become separated.
Divorce is the official ending of marriage. You must satisfy the court that:
- you and your spouse have been separated and lived apart for at least 12 months
- there is no chance of reconciling your marriage.
Annulment happens when a judge decides that there was no legal marriage.
Getting a or having a does not sort out issues relating to children or property. These arrangements must be made separately. You do not need to be divorced or to have had your marriage annulled in order to make these arrangements. For more information see .
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Reviewed 03 August 2022