Unreasonable behaviour is an umbrella term that includes many causes and/or social behaviours that could lead to divorce under UK law. These include, but are not limited to, anti-social behaviour, lack of emotional support, lack of sexual intercourse, insults, violence and physical abuse as well as financial exploitation and drug, or alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, using unreasonable behaviour as grounds for divorce can create more bitterness and for this reason, petitioners must support their claim in a thorough, substantial and truthful manner.
Saracens Solicitors divorce solicitor in London will help you gather the required legal paperwork and represent you in the court proceedings if you decide to apply for a divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. It is important to know that the court will not look for a qualitative assessment of this behaviour as long as the claim is substantiated. Moreover, unreasonable behaviour does not carry significance for any other aspect of the divorce, including children care and maintenance, unless there are grounds for the court to decide otherwise (i.e. domestic violence).
How should I structure my claims?
Saracens Solicitors divorce solicitor in London will advise you that a mere list of examples that constitute unreasonable behaviour is not enough for the court. In contrast, you need to provide specific examples drawn from your personal experience with your spouse. In most cases, it is important to describe how unreasonable behaviour made you feel at times, since this will add to your testimony and strengthen your case.
Is it possible to avoid acrimony?
Avoiding acrimony when a divorce process is underway is quite challenging. Although an overall sense of bitterness cannot be eradicated, you can take some steps with the help of your divorce solicitor in London to ensure that things do not get blown out of proportion. As a gesture of courtesy and good will, you can share your claims for unreasonable behaviour with your spouse before the court, so they do not come as a total surprise. Remaining on good terms will help you collaborate on various aspects of your divorce, including childcare, and will minimise animosity and conflict.