Almost Half of UK Divorces Due to Unreasonable Behaviour

December 19, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Claims of adultery have halved since the 1970s according to recent analysis of patterns in grounds for divorce, while ‘unreasonable behaviour’ has become the most cited basis for separation – almost twice as likely as 40 years ago.

Unreasonable behaviour accounts for 47% of all divorces in the UK with examples ranging from unsociable spouses to financial quarrels. One possible reason for this shift in approach to divorce could be a change in attitude towards separation – there is far less stigma attached to getting divorced as there would have been in the 70s, and individuals are more likely to speak up about their spouse’s unreasonable behaviour and act upon it. With greater financial freedom for women, and less of an emphasis on traditional family units, perhaps couples are simply deciding to make the move and find happiness elsewhere rather than struggling on in a marriage that isn’t working.

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Interestingly, there has been a marked increase in the number of men claiming unreasonable behaviour against their wives. Men are now five times more likely today than 40 years ago to cite this ‘fact’ as grounds for divorce. Perhaps not surprisingly, the yuppie culture of the 80s showed a peak in divorces caused by adultery, with one in five instances due to male infidelity. The highest rate of divorce, however, came in the 90s – over 1.5 million couples separated during this decade compared to just 275,000 in the 50s. Today, divorce rates in general seem to be falling, except in the case of the over-60s, who are more likely to seek divorce than ever before.

No matter what the situation for divorce, or the grounds on which it is based, a breakdown of marriage involves a multitude of decisions and complications which are best resolved with the help of a qualified divorce solicitor. Whether you choose mediation, arbitration, traditional divorce, or collaborative family law, your choice of lawyer is an important aspect in the success and ease of your separation. If you need advice and guidance on the best path to take, please get in touch with one of our family lawyers at Frances Lindsay & Co to discuss your options. We have offices in Maidenhead and Beaconsfield and are also able to arrange meeting rooms in London if necessary. We are experienced divorce lawyers and our aim is to take the weight off your shoulders to help you to negotiate your divorce with a positive and effective approach.

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