There is a relationship myth floating around promoting the idea that a separation leads to a divorce. Not only does a separation not have to lead to divorce court, it just might be what saves your marriage! The key to separating when you’re married or in a committed relationship is to make sure you and your mate set guidelines to the separation. If it’s open-ended with no timeline or end date and no ground rules, chances are the separation will lead to divorce. But if you and your mate are mindful about what exactly you want to get from the separation and decide how long it will last, it just might give you the chance and the space to repair the damage that’s been done up to this point. One of the best articles I’ve read on separation appeared in the August 9, 2011 issue of the Wall Street Journal. To become more enlightened on the concept of a separation, click here.