I guess it depends if Kools is actually going to move out in the short-term. It doesn't look as tho' he is - or can? So, IF they can keep this relatively amicable and IF she is happy for Kools to be there as housekeeper in the medium term but IF they ultimately want to part, then a 2-year time-slot doesn't seem too bad. Do you have to be physically separated for these two years - does one person actually have to move out to a different address? If so, then I guess that won't work then... But if this mess is going to take the best part of two years anyway, then surely it's the most civilised way of doing it - especially since there's a kid involved.