Hi. I'm British and married to a Taiwanese national. When we have arguments, the threat of divorce from my partner appears very quickly, along with their demand that we depart, immediately, for the office where a quickie divorce can be obtained over the counter. That same argument recurred today and I'm shaking like a leaf.
It's getting to the point where I feel I may have no option but to follow through on that threat and accept the consequences. However, my circumstances, at least on the surface, are invidious. Until recently I worked remotely for a firm in the UK but was let go late last year. Since then I've been surfing along on the occasional freelance work as and when it becomes available in the hopes that something more permanent comes along. My flat in Britain is rented out to a tenant on a long-term lease, so I don't necessarily have anywhere to go were I to return there.
The fact is, I don't want to return to the UK, at least not yet. While my financial circumstances are good, they would not remain so for very long on returning home unless I were lucky enough to quickly find a regular source of improved income - not to mention I'd have to pay my own mortgage instead of relying on my tenant whenever they might finally move on. I have developed a circle of friends here. I have a marriage-based ARC and medical card.
My partner doesn't seem too concerned about what I might do were a divorce to come to pass, so I'd have to fend for myself here for the first time. I have experience of doing visa runs from about six years ago on a monthly basis. I've never held down a teaching job or anything like that: I've been self-employed, working for UK contractors, for as long as I've been here (although I have a useless college degree from back home). I've never tried to rent a flat on my own. I speak barely enough Mandarin to offer myself a coffee.
If I want to stay here, at least for the next six months or year, any advice on what I should do to prepare the ground for going solo?