When you file your divorce Complaint you will put in the date that you moved out of the marital residence and intended to live separate and apart from your spouse. From what you are saying it is possible that she will file an Answer denying that is the actual date that you separated. If that happens, I would suggest calling the friend that you lived with as a witness. He or she can testify as to when you moved in with him or her.
It may also be that your spouse doesn’t understand that the term “date of separation” refers to when one spouse leaves the marital residence and intends on living separate and apart from then on. It is a common misconception that a couple is not “legally separated” until they sign a Separation Agreement.
Robin F. Verhoeven
Attorney at Law
Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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