5 year separation as grounds for divorce
If you and your spouse have been separated and have lived apart for five years continuously, you can use afive year separation as grounds for divorce to apply for a divorce without needing consent from your spouse.
A court will usually agree to a divorce as long as you have been separated for five years. To use the fact of five year separation as grounds for divorce you
In contrast to using the fact of two years separation as grounds for divorce
Whilst it is possible for you to continue to live with your spouse yet still be separated, it would be expected that you would no longer socialise and sleep together and would in effect be leading two separate lives.