When parties end a relationship and live apart. Parties will be treated as separated and living apart if they are not living in the same household. This means it is possible to be separated whilst living under the same roof provided the parties are not sharing a common life together. In the context of a Petition for divorce or civil partnership dissolution, this applies to two of the facts necessary to establish that the relationship has broken down irretrievably, being 2 years separation with the other party’s consent to the divorce/dissolution or 5 years’ separation.