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Grounds for Divorce

A recent study shows that in 2013 unreasonable behaviour is cited in 47% of all divorces and adultery in just 15%. These figures differ from the 1970s when only 28% of divorce petitions were based on unreasonable behaviour and 29% based on adultery.

One explanation for the rise of unreasonable behaviour petitions is that, contrary to popular belief it is not possible to petition for divorce simply on ‘irreconcilable differences’ so citing the other party’s unreasonable behaviour is often the only option for couples who wish to divorce rather than separate for two years first.

The study also found that men are now five times more likely to divorce their wives for unreasonable behaviour.