Separation is one basis for divorce. However, many divorces are brought on different grounds of divorce while a couple are still living in the same house. It may be necessary to prove a date of separation particularly in financial proceedings. This is simply a matter of evidence, for example proof that one party took up a new tenancy in their sole name on a particular date.
However, English law does not have a set rule that assets acquired after separation are ignored for settlement purposes. One party can seek a Court Order for sole occupation of a dwelling which will force a separation. This may be granted if behaviour is aggressive or unacceptable on any reasonable standards.
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