GETTING DIVORCE FOR UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR IN THE UK

Unreasonable behaviour is the most commonly used reason for divorce cases in the UK. In order to use this as a ground for the divorce, the petitioner has to prove that the spouse has been involved in such behaviour in the first place.

What is Unreasonable Behaviour?

Unreasonable behaviour simply means that your partner’s behaviour is such that you cannot be expected to live with your partner now. It is the most commonly used reason for the breakdown of marriage in the UK as it covers most of the aspects. Now, unreasonable behaviour can be anything, such as your partner can be addicted to drugs or alcohol or that there is abusive behaviour, physical or otherwise. It is not necessary to use severe reasons to seek a divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour; it can be mild and simple reasons such as having drifted apart from each other or your partner is spending more time on other things than with you or that you both have different ideas about your future. Cultural differences, social differences, too many arguments, conflicting ideas about raising children, partner having homosexual relationships, lack of attraction between the two of you, financial extravagance, lack of equality etc. all comes under unreasonable behaviour.

Your partner may or may not agree to the reasons that you have presented to the court for your divorce. Although, it would be a good idea to discuss it with your partner to keep things amicable and the bitterness at the minimum after the divorce.

You are supposed to fill in a D8 form and mention all the required data that includes the name and address of yourself, your spouse, and children.

In a divorce application sought on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour:

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