have a separation
My husband and I are considering a separation.
Couples may agree to divorce each other after a separation.
period of separation
A:Kate,you'll never believe what's happened!
B:What do you mean?
A:Marcia and Harold are getting divorced.
B:You're kidding!What happened?
A:Well,I don't really know,but I heard that they are having a separation for two months and have filed for divorce.
B:That's really surprising.I always thought they were well-matched.What about the kids?Who will get custody?
A:Marcia.It seems quite amicable—no squabbling over who'll get the house and stuff-an uncontested divorce with all the details worked out.
B:That's a change from all the back-stabbing we usually hear about...While I still can't believe it—Marcia and Harold!The perfect couple!When will the divorce be final?
A:Early in the new year,I guess.