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I have been in the UK since Sept 2010. The first 2 years on a spouse visa and then on a right to remain permit. Married 30 years. Five children all holding British citizenship and living in the UK. Marriage has been abusive and I have recently attended a splitz course called making changes. My concern is that if I leave my husband I may loose my right to live in the UK and I have no family back in South Africa where I came from. Secondly am I entitled to assistance from the state? Youngest child now 19 years old, oldest is 30 all from my husband.
Yes, I hold 'indefinite leave to remain' which states I have all rights as a British citizen. The correspondence that came with it stated that should my circumstances change, I have to notify them immediately. Since it was issued based on my marriage I assume my right may fall away if I leave my husband.