Since Virginia does not provide for legal separation, you will either have to organize finances during the year apart under a written separation agreement or else go through a suit for separate maintenance that settles alimony and custody but leaves you married without assets divided between you. Even if you negotiate and execute a settlement agreement or get a decree of separate maintenance from the court, you are still married in the eyes of the law in Virginia.
It's an open question whether that law is constitutional, but you probably could live your life perfectly well without being the test case on that. She splits her home time between San Francisco and France.
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In fact, it might help you get over the impending divorce and get on with life.
In An Open Marriage An open marriage is a relationship where both spouses are allowed to have extra marital affairs.
You and your spouse are on your way to a divorce in Virginia.