Unreasonable Behaviour

You may be granted a divorce if you or your partner has behaved so badly that the marriage has broken down as a result.

‘Unreasonable behaviour’ is used to describe all kinds of mental or physical cruelty, including violence and abuse. Controlling behaviour – such as dominating a partner, not letting the partner leave the house or speak to neighbours and friends – and refusing to contribute to bills and other living expenses are also considered unreasonable modes of behaviour.

It is important to note that if one of you disputes the unreasonable behaviour stated as the grounds for divorce, evidence and details will be required by the court. Evidence from witnesses or medical evidence will be accepted.

If your partner has been violent or abusive towards you or your children, you should seek help and support immediately.