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The rise of ‘soft separations’ – and why couples are avoiding divorce

17th October 2023

The Telegraph

It’s a typical Saturday morning for Becky and David – they’re a sporty family so they’ll go to their local Parkrun, have a hearty brunch of homemade waffles and then cheer on their three sons playing football.

Perhaps they’ll talk about their plans for Christmas or their next trip abroad. Then she’ll go back to the family home and he’ll retreat to the flat he rents nearby and where he’s been living since they split up three years ago.

For Becky and David are separated but not divorced. Neither of them have sought legal advice and in many ways their lives are more conjoined than many more conventional couples – they share a joint account, a surname and most of their holidays.

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