Soulruler, I''m not sure what you are trying to get at here. The OP is not claiming that he has been abused. He says that he has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and is living in sheltered accommodation as a result. He also says (quite reasonably) that his divorce is happening as a result of his illness. What he''s trying to establish is what his entitlement is in this situation.
By the way, as I remember it, Fiona does have previous experience of mental illness and its effects, both in her marriage and professionally.
Kool59, I think you will find it easier to get help if you only post a question once. You now have replies on three different threads. LMM, who has replied on another thread, is a particularly good source for you as his former wife herself had schizophrenia until her recent death.
I think part of your problem is that you have been separated for so long that you don''t really know the details of your wife''s assets, or her liabilities, apart from the house and the credit card debt.
From what you have said so far:
1. There is some equity in your house but there is also a lot of debt to pay off.
2. Your wife and children are living in a house that was provided by her mother. It''s not clear to me that she actually owns this or is just being allowed to live in it. If she doesn''t own it then it doesn''t come into the marital property but at least it means that she and the children are housed.
3. Your mother in law has a lot of property which she inherited from her husband. If something happens to her then your wife is the trustee. Unless your wife is the joint owner of this property, she has no direct claim on it and therefore it is not marital property.
4. Given that your wife is able to claim benefits, I think it is unlikely that she has the amount of money or property that you think she has. It is more likely all to still belong to her mother.
As others have said, you need to speak to a solicitor. I assume that you will be eligible for legal aid. When you have done that you need to ask your wife to disclose her assets formally, on a voluntary basis. It''s only when she has done that that you and your solicitor will be able to see how you both stand. You may be able to come to an agreement outside of court but I think you should make sure you get good legal advise before you do so. You need to think about how much you would need to re-house yourself if the family home were sold - it might be worth asking for enough to buy yourself a one-bedroom flat outright so that you will always have somewhere to live, as part of a Clean Break
. As LMM says, in other circumstances you might well get spouse maintenance but this is unlikely here as your wife doesn''t earn at the moment.