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Is it okay for a couple to separate?

To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
            It’s never good for a couple to separate, however, it may have some benefits.  To just run away from a problem never solves the problem, but if the couple separates, prays, fasts, seeks the Lord, it could definitely have tremendous benefits.  Finding another capable mate during the break from each other never turns out well. 
            If the goal of separation is reconciliation, then the separation could be very good.