I've been married for 11 years and I'm considering a divorce. We've been together for 14 years. Since 2004 I've been hospitalized 6 times for mental illness issues. I recently lost my job and am now applying for disability benefits because I cannot keep a steady job. I don't know if I'll be approved and how much I can get each month to support myself. During my marriage I've dealt with emotional abuse (countless times) and physical abuse (three times). I'm currently a resident in PA. We don't have children, but we do own a house with a mortgage, which is our only debt. I would like to know what sort of rights I have if I decide to go this route. Financially, I don't know what alimony would be and for how long it will last. I do not feel I can handle being married anymore, but I'm also worried about caring for myself if I have another episode, which could potentially land me in the hospital. And also being able to survive without an income is a huge concern. I don't have any family or friends I can stay with either. I did have an affair in 2009 for two months and my husband is aware of it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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