Marriage separation and dating
Coping with depression: You wouldn't be human if you didn't feel lonely and depressed over your separation.
In some cases, an attorney must launch an adjunct “discovery” stage, which basically forces the other party to produce documents or submit to depositions.(The article focuses on marriages, but I think it applies just as well to any committed relationship.) Rather than a preliminary step to the foregone conclusion of divorce, these temporary separations, planned out carefully between partners for a predetermined length of time and with guidelines regarding finances and child care, provide a cooling-off period with the added benefit of allowing the partners to see what life will be like without each other.But naturally, if the partners are without each other for any length of time, they may want to be with "other" others, as the article mentions: Then there's the fraught issue of whether each party is allowed to see other people during the separation. "If one of the parties wants to date, this is not a trial separation, it's the end," she says.It may imply that the separation is less about re-evaluating the relationship and more about having a chance at guilt-free cheating for a while.
In some cases this may even be the stated purpose: partners (one or both) may openly proclaim that they want to see other people to relieve emotional or sexual frustration, and/or to reassure themselves that their partners are truly the ones they want to be with.
Wrapping up: Call them “details,” but they're hardly small ones, such as re-titling vehicles and properly dividing retirement assets.