Unreasonable Behaviour – The most common ground for divorce

Unreasonable Behaviour

The most commonly used reason for divorce is “Unreasonable  Behaviour.”

To use unreasonable behaviour as a fact for divorce, you have to show your spouse has behaved in such a way that you can no longer live with them. This could include:

  • told you they do not love you
  • told you they want a divorce
  • moved out of the marital home
  • spend excessive time on social media rather than family time
  • moved out of the marital bedroom
  • physical violence
  • verbal abuse, such as insults or threats
  • excessive gambling
  • drunkenness or drug-taking
  • refusing to pay for housekeeping
  • Is financially irresponsible and has failed to maintain you and/or the children properly during the marriage.
  • has formed an improper relationship with another person whose identity is unknown.
  • does not want to engage in any sexual or physical relations.

If you want to rely on this ground/reason, you will provide a short statement about how your spouse’s behaviour has been unreasonable. This can cause problems between couples. Others say that what is being said could mean either of them could be the Petitioner. They just know they do not want to wait two years.

Examples of Unreasonable Behaviour

Some examples of unreasonable behaviour might be:

  • The Respondent moved out of the matrimonial bedroom on 4th January 2018
  • The Petitioner has not had sexual relations with the Respondent since May 2015
  • The Respondent sulks and refuses to communicate the Petitioner leaving the petitioner feeling isolated and lonely
  • For the past five years, the Respondent refuses to socialise with the Petitioner or the family and friend.
  • During the marriage, the Respondent has gambled to excess and has, on numerous occasions, caused considerable distress to the Petitioner by running up large gambling debts and
    dissipating the family’s savings.

Divorce Negotiator will help you to prepare and agree on a statement so that you are both happy -without making unnecessary allegations. Using mild examples of behaviour will make it easier to decide on the content of the petition. We would also recommend sharing the reasons with your spouse before presenting them to court.  This will avoid antagonising your husband or wife which may cause a delay in the divorce process.


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Unreasonable Behaviour – The most common ground for divorce was last modified: November 29th, 2018 by John Fuller

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