Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'm a Family Law
litigation attorney. Thanks for your question. I'll be glad to assist.
A trial separation has no legal affect as it is not considered a legal separation
. Instead, it is simply an agreement between the spouses to live in separate places (but usually in the same house) to see if the marriage
can be saved or to see whether they should move on to legal separation or divorce
So, there is really not much of a protocol on what to and not to do.......but the main changes are living apart in separate bedrooms and limit contact and communication to how things would be if you were to permanently separate or divorce. So, what you're doing with the contact during meal time and bed time with the child is a good thing......and trying to operate under the same roof as if you are divorced/separated is the best way to make the trial period work.
Also, I always recommend that my clients try to get counseling (from a pastor or a psychologist, etc.). That's good to really help each of you pinpoint the problems and whether you can resolve them and move on or whether the issues can't be overcome.
Other than that, there's really no specific protocol.......you just have to treat the situation as if you are separated or divorced to determine if that's what you want.