It can be difficult financially to maintain two households while you are going through a separation.
I am often asked whether you can separate in DC under the same roof and still be considered separated for the purpose of filing for divorce. The answer is yes-if you truly live separate and apart.
You must be living completely separate lives. This means that you do not share meals or a bedroom. It also means that you are each cooking for yourselves, doing your own laundry and not going out together to social events.