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The term "separation date" usually, as in your case, refers to the date when the spouses stopped living at the same residence. However, in instances where the spouses continue to live at the same residence, the separation date may refer to the date that the spouses decided to end their marriage, which may be today's date if the decision was made today.
However, if you stopped living together as spouses 8/1/2001, that is the effective separation date.
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