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How do they know the length of separation?

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lifeisgoodagain Wed 04-Dec-19 06:52:09

We are being super amicable, all is sorted financially (we aren't going to file financial consent) but there's the two year wait thing. How to they decide when it formally begins? I don't want to have to make false claims and we plain to file online without a solicitor for £550. Because of the mortgage I have a joint bank account, he emotionally checked out years ago, no one can tell when he moved into the spare room, how do they check?

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waterSpider Thu 05-Dec-19 21:37:14

They don't, in my experience, particularly if you both agree on the time-line.
I waited 2 years to do mine, in similar circumstance, and realised afterwards it would have been fairly easy to have 'started the clock' somewhat earlier than I did.

gezzerboy Fri 06-Dec-19 16:40:16

I thought it began from the time one of you moves out the marital home ?

lifeisgoodagain Fri 06-Dec-19 17:34:39

It says on the govt website you can live in the same home - he's moved now but made sense not to rush to pay rent, our house is big enough. I know when things basically ended it's just we held on until youngest turned 18, I'll use that date.

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