If you require a cooling off period for your marriage and also regulate matter in the event a reconciliation is unsuccessful, you may enter into an agreement agreeing to live separate and apart from your spouse.
In this agreement both parties may mutually agree on an arrangement for the custody care and control of the children(minor), maintenance of a spouse and/or children and division of the matrimonial assets in the event of a divorce.
As the Separation Deed need not be registered with any government department or filed in Court, you may with the consent of your spouse revoke it at any point in time.
Since the document is not made public, your friends and relatives would not have any knowledge of the separation. You should however note that to revoke the deed, mutual consent is required. Further the family Court has jurisdiction to set aside any of the terms unless the said deed has been sanctioned by the Court. Usually parties do not seek the Court’s sanction in view of the legal costs involved. The Deed of Separation should be signed before a solicitor.