So they put their marriage in a state of suspended animation while they ‘grow up.’ Because the love they have for each other is strong, it lasts and waits for that future time when they come back together changed by time and maturation.This kind of separation reminds us of how resilient love can be.The intention was not to get rid of him and he knows it.
Look at it this way, the emotional space in there is still occupied.
In some cases, a married man is ‘banished’ from the marriage because he has been ‘bad’ in some way.
A physical separation is obviously leaving a spouse by moving into a separate living space.
Emotional separation means you have separated from the thoughts, feelings, and actions that would identify you as part of a specific couple.
Now, it is entirely possible for a man to be emotionally but not physically separated from his wife. They leave their spouse emotionally but live separately together in the same space with no physical separation between them.