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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regardIf you move out, with an intent to separate, as long as you continue to contribute to the household as you have been then there will be no impact such as it would be with desertion or abandonment.The child custody is not going to be effected as long as you contribute to contribute to the children, the home and their welfare. However, keep in mind that even in such a separation unless there is a court order designating visitation, the Mother does not have to allow you to have those visits.
So I suggest that the sooner you can discuss with your wife a mutual separation agreement and discuss seeking a mediator to help you to devise such things as visitations, the better off you will be. Also be sure to keep track of any and all contributions you continue to make to the household expenses and the care of the children