This lady is Chinese but lived in Japan for most of her life - she met her husband while on holiday over here.
They have been married for about 2 years but not happily. He is a bully and is unkind to her - gives her no money - she has had to get a job so that she can buy her choice of food, as he will only buy what he likes. She is very meek and never stands up to his bullying and does not like to ask for help but is desperate to get out of the marriage and return home. Apparently, she cannot return to Japan unless she gets divorced.
Thank you very much for your help so far, but I cannot continue as I don't have the in-depth knowledge needed.
Please, therefore, cancel my request for your advice.
I am sorry to have taken up your time.
That would be very useful.
She has been told (not sure by whom) that she needs to live separated from him for 2 years before she can apply for a divorce - is this correct?