When a relationship between two loving parents begins to break down, the rift may not be readily apparent. Circumstances will change as the weeks and months go by, however, and it may soon become apparent that the differences are terminal. In this case, both individuals may start to worry about the children, especially as they are at an impressionable age. They may understand that separation is imminent, but how will this affect the kids?
When a married couple separates, the marriage is typically regarded as ended and the couple is expected to lead separate lives. However, there are certain rights and responsibilities that both member of the relationship need to maintain during and after separation. Australian family law has specific guidelines for the separation process, and the responsibilities of each spouse are clearly outlined.
In legal terms, separation refers to the departure of one or both persons in the relationship with the intent of ending the relationship/marriage.