Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
No. One reported appellate case a few years ago required that, but the Courts and attorneys are not requiring that the parties live in separate residences. Only that there be a communication and manifestation that the marriage is over.
Answer Applies to: California
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
You do not have to separate in order to file. But you do have to separate and "cease living together as husband and wife" before the final hearing. That requirement is tricky, since Texas recognizes common law marriage. Accordingly, while you could technically remain roommates, it does muddy the water and separation is the cleanest way to clear it up.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
Not only do you not have to live apart, many parties to divorce find that they cannot afford two residences until they sell or otherwise rid themselves of the marital domicile. Please see a local domestic relations attorney for further information.
Answer Applies to: Ohio