If you and your spouse do not want to get a divorce but do want to live apart, you may wish to consider a legal separation. This process has the potential to be helpful if someone wants to consider reconciliation in the future but needs to be separate, financially and legally, from his or her spouse right now.
Separation and divorce are hard on individuals. It's not just the financial expense of divorce that makes it so frustrating. There is emotional turmoil and physical strain. A lack of sleep, depression or other factors can make dealing with divorce very difficult.