live apart

live apart (from someone)

To live in a separate location from someone with whom one formerly shared a house. My parents aren't divorced, but they've been living apart for the last few years. I just think we should live apart from each other for a while, at least until all these legal issues are resolved.
See also: apart, live

live apart

(from someone) to live separated from a person whom one might be expected to live with. John lives apart from his wife, who has a job in another city. He lives apart, but they are still married.
See also: apart, live
References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, as upon the good conduct of the harpooneers the success of a whaling voyage largely depends, and since in the American Fishery he is not only an important officer in the boat, but under certain circumstances (night watches on a whaling ground) the command of the ship's deck is also his; therefore the grand political maxim of the sea demands, that he should nominally live apart from the men before the mast, and be in some way distinguished as their professional superior; though always, by them, familiarly regarded as their social equal.
With this assertion of her dignity she bade them farewell; and after that there were lively doing in the Durbeyfield household for some time on the strength of Tess's bounty, her mother saying, and, indeed, believing, that the rupture which had arisen between the young husband and wife had adjusted itself under their strong feeling that they could not live apart from each other.
Adam would be able to take a separate house now, and provide for his mother in the old one; his prospects would justify his marrying very soon, and if Dinah consented to have Seth, their mother would perhaps be more contented to live apart from Adam.
I have made up my mind to live apart from you, and I am going to Paris in the morning.
Neither he nor any one else can come here to do us Phaeacians any harm, for we are dear to the gods, and live apart on a land's end that juts into the sounding sea, and have nothing to do with any other people.
Nearly all hermits and holy men who live apart from the big cities have the reputation of being able to work miracles with the wild things, but all the miracle lies in keeping still, in never making a hasty movement, and, for a long time, at least, in never looking directly at a visitor.
Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers, but, dressed in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
It would steal if it could the fire of the Creator, and live apart from him and independent of him.
The pair currently live apart and Lucy said they have no plans to change this when they become man and wife because "it's what works best for us".
As a result of this, he said couples who live apart have ended up in divorce due to the financial pressure after having to pay for house rent and commuting expenses.
"I'm not saying we'll live apart for ever, but we've fallen into a routine that works well," says Prue.
He and yoga teacher Da Silva have separate houses 200 yards from each other in Norfolk and share them but live apart - which he says is the key to a happy relationship.
Under the current law in England and Wales, unless people can prove there was adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, the only way to obtain a divorce without their spouse's agreement is to live apart for five years.
This is a crazy world we live in and married people live apart for any number of reasons these days, she said.