Separation does not necessarily mean that parties to a marriage or de facto relationship are physically separate (although physical separation does often occur) but rather, separation signifies that a relationship has broken down.

Although there are no hard and fast evidential requirements that need to be adhered to in regards to separation, there are a number of factors which can indicate that the parties to a marriage or de facto relationship have separated. The usual indicators that define intimate relationships, can also be used to show that a relationship has ended, such as the parties no longer sharing their financial resources with one another or no longer engaging in sexual relations, are just some of the indicators which may demonstrate that a relationship has broken down.

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