Marriage was designed to be a permanent, lifelong relationship between a man and woman. In extreme cases, however, a marriage may require a time of separation. For instance, a separation can sometimes create a cooling-off period; time spent apart can provide the opportunity for a couple to resolve conflicts and unhealthy patterns, as well as work on personal and spiritual growth. It €™s important to realize that separation is not always the precursor to divorce. Instead, it can be the first step toward healing and reconciliation. We stand ready to offer assistance during this difficult, but perhaps necessary, time.

Background Information

The Effects of Divorce
Divorce harms more of your life than you might think.

Questions and Answers

My husband has only hit me once, in a big fight we had. Should I separate from him?


Division and Separation €¦But Not Divorce
Our separation stemmed from depression, pornography and unemployment. Despite the hardships we faced, we were determined not to let our marriage fail.

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Other Things to Consider

A Perfect Love
After a divorce, some amount of healing can occur through community support and learning to change certain behaviors. But complete healing can only come from the one who created us.

Hope for Couples in Crisis
The key to dealing with marital strife lies in respect.

Love & SexDating, Living Together

TransitionsGetting Married

Abuse & AddictionsPornography and Cybersex, Physical and Verbal Abuse