Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 1 – Unreasonable Behaviour

June 4, 2013, By Slater Heelis

Keep your eyes open for our bitesize blog series which explains the frequently used terms and phrases by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.  We hope to demystify some of the legal jargon to help make the overall process easier for you.

UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR:  This is probably the most common reason cited in a divorce petition for the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.  The person petitioning for the divorce is required to set out examples of their spouse’s behaviour to show why he or she cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.  It is considered good legal practice to keep the examples to a minimum and as mild as possible in order to reduce unnecessary acrimony between the parties.

Reference: Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 Section 1(2)(b)

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