See “Contact”, “guardian”, “parental responsibility” and “parental leave”. While a divorce always involves a legal separation, separation without dissolution of the body does not always end in divorce. In some cases, a separation phase can actually help a couple reconcile and continue their marriage. Needless to say, some of these methods are faster and cheaper than others. If it comes to real estate, pensions, custody or complex taxes, contact a lawyer or accountant to clarify the tax or legal consequences of your separation agreement. If a change to the agreement is not possible, the parties may choose to negotiate, i.e. they may engage an external mediator or arbitrator to assist them in making the necessary changes. . . .