So you and your partner have decided to separate. And now you have to chart this new territory. If your separation is mutual and you and your partner are both interested in working on the relationship, then here are some things to consider:
1) Set a period of time for the separation. Be it 1 month or 6 months, agree on the length of time.
2) Figure out your love lives. If you're really interested in working on the relationship, then agree to a NO DATING rule.
3) Go to counseling if you can both agree to it. If you're going to work on the relationship, then a counselor can be a great facilitator to reaching that common goal.
4) Set some contact rules. If you're going to be apart, then be apart. Only make phone calls when necessary. You'll see one another at counseling every week, so take this time alone to grow.