How to move back to the UK from Europe after divorce with no money or support network?
December 27, 2010 6:07 PM Subscribe
Say you're a British citizen. And you're married to a citizen of a European country and living in that country with them and your kids, who are also citizens of that European country. And say you no longer want to be married and want to move back to the UK. With the kids. Leaving aside the inevitable custody battle, what the hell do you do next?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (10 answers total)
I need to leave. For all sorts of reasons. But the task of actually moving back to the UK with nothing, setting up a life there with no job and no money or support network is stopping me from doing it. And my spouse knows that, and appears to see that as a reason to not stop doing the things that make me want to leave.
I have a small family there and they would help me. But friends are spread out all over the UK and I'd be on my own, mostly. I want to be. I need to do this on my own. I can do this on my own.
So, I'll need a place to live, benefits at first, then a job... how do you do that when you live in a whole 'nother country? Am I even entitled to benefits? How do I get them when I don't live in the UK yet?
Trying to work this out by consulting websites is making my head spin. I'm usually great at this kind of thing, but there's just so much other stuff going on in my head that I can't seem to figure out even what my first move should be. Does anyone have any tips?
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