Hello. I was with my husband for 10 years. We are both Polish and we got married in Poland. We are separated from 1st November 2013 but we still live at the same address because of financial issues. I'm paying for the half of the house and he is paying for his half. We have got two kids under the age of 5. We separated bank accounts and our limited companies on February 2014. It is not a legal separation, we did not send any documents to the court. I was the person who wanted to finish the marriage because of my husband unreasonable behaviour. During the separation we both had other partners and right now I am in relationship with another man. I do not want to be with my husband anymore and I want to be divorced not just separated. I went to the lawyer at the beginning of the separation and he said that I have to go for mediation first before applying for the divorce and that it is the easiest and the cheapest way to get the divorce. Unfortunately it cost min 2-3 000 £ anyway and it was too expensive for us. I am a flat owner in Poland but my husband has no rights to this flat. We do not have any other goods or savings to share. Children will be under my care. He is paying me child maintenance 700£ a month because he has got very good wages. My questions
1. It was his fault of the breakage of the marriage mostly because of his drinking but I heard that it will be much faster to get the divorce if it will be a no-fault divorce. Is it right? Do I loose any rights if I don't divorce with his fault?
2. Can we still get the divorce if we still live at the same address and we are separated for less than a year? We have got kids together but we both had sexual partners during the separation. Should we say about it in the court if its a no-fault divorce?
3. What should be my first move to get the divorce? Do we have to do that mediations and do I need to go to a lawyer? We cannot afford the high costs of the lawyers. Do you think that in this case the court will accept my divorce petition if I send it myself or is it better to do it with a lawyer?
4. What would be the cost of the divorce if we agree to eveything like child care, child maintenance, there are no goods to share and without showing who's fault was that. How long do I have to wait to get the divorce??
Just hope I do not have to be like 2 years separated to get the divorce..