In a divorce, you will need to cite one of the five grounds for divorce. Unreasonable behaviour is one of these five grounds. We have outlined what you need to know about unreasonable behaviour in this article.

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What is unreasonable behaviour in a divorce?
Unreasonable behaviour acts as an umbrella term for many types of behaviour.
Therefore, it can be hard to know what is classed as unreasonable behaviour in a divorce. As a result, we have outlined the most common forms of unreasonable behaviour below:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Financial recklessness
  • Debt
  • Unreasonable sexual demands
  • Verbal abuse and intimidating behaviour
  • Social isolation
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Unreasonable sexual demand
  • Inappropriate relationship with another person
  • Drunkenness
Unreasonable behaviour divorce examples. 

Example 1 
Ben’s wife monitors his whereabouts and has put a stop to him seeing his family and friends. This behaviour is coercive control.

Example 2

Annett’s husband is an alcoholic who spends all his time drunk down at the local shopping centre.

Example 3
Ralf’s wife has developed a gambling addiction and spends all of her salary gambling at the local betting shop near the family home rather than helping Ralf with supporting the children and mortgage repayments.

How long does a divorce take for unreasonable behaviour? 

A straightforward divorce that does not include assets or children can be approved in at least 4 months. A divorce involving children and sharing of finance can take up to 12 months.

How to prove unreasonable behaviour? 

To prove unreasonable behaviour, you must prove and demonstrate that the behaviour has meant you can no longer live with the other party. Therefore, in essence, you are saying that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
Documents that can be used as proof:
  • Witness statement of neighbour that regarding the verbal abuse
  • Charge sheet from the police or medical record to prove domestic abuse.
  • Bank statement to show that your partner has been financially reckless.
The proof required will depend on the type of unreasonable behaviour that you want to cite.

What other reasons can I use to get a divorce? 
When getting a divorce, you will need to cite one of the five grounds for divorce. The grounds for divorce are as follows:
1. Adultery
2. Unreasonable behaviour
3. Desertion
4. Two years separation with consent
5. Five years separation without consent

Why contact our Adel Jibs Solicitors?
We offer specialist expertise in a wide range of areas of family law. 
This expertise is delivered by experienced solicitors who all share the same goal with you in reaching a secure outcome that is beneficial to you and your family as we know divorce can be an emotional period in one’s life.

In the conduct of your matter, we aim to employ methods such as mediation, wherever possible to avoid taking matters through the courts.
  • An overview of your standpoint from a legal perspective and your available options.
  • An upfront time and fee estimate for your divorce.
To arrange your consultation with our family law solicitors, please contact on 02034173859