I am struggling to find an easy option for this:
Which would be like a dropshadow with a distance between my path and the shadow.
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Add multiple strokes via the Appearance Panel.
Effect > Distort & Transform > Transformfrom the menu with the last stroke highlighted in the Appearance Panel
Verticaloption in the
Movesection to move the stroke away from the object.
The white stroke will hide or cover up the underlying "shadow" stroke.
If you then want to individually alter the everything, or get rid of the white stroke, you can choose
Object > Expand Appearance and you will have individual objects for each stroke....
You can then click the Merge button on the Pathfinder Panel to remove any overlapping areas and create a flat collection of individual shapes based upon what is visible.
Then delete the white areas and you are left with the original shape, and individual pieces for the offset shadow: