Separation based on matrimonial protection law
A spouse is entitled to dissolve the joint household for as long as its personality and economic security and the well-being of the family are seriously jeopardized by cohabitation (art. 175 ZGB). In response to a matrimonial protection application the Court may authorise the dissolution of the joint household and prescribe the terms of the separation.
Important: If the welfare and safety oft the family's members are at risk, the household may be dissolved immediately, and the court's authorisation may be obtained after the fact!.