Learn more about what constitutes unreasonable behaviour in divorce and how it could be considered in your divorce settlement.
What constitutes unreasonable behaviour in divorce?
No one wants their marriage to end in divorce. Sadly, if one spouse is sabotaging the relationship with unreasonable behaviour, it’s likely that divorce proceedings will be put in motion. Unreasonable behaviour in divorce, describes a partner behaving in a way that means the other spouse can no longer be expected to live with them.
The most common forms of unreasonable behaviour
Divorcing on grounds of unreasonable behaviour is incredibly common, and these behaviours can range from the mild yet intolerable, to the severe and inexcusable. Ultimately, if these behaviours make living together unbearable then filing for divorce is often considered to be the next step. Time and time again, the same behaviours bubble to the surface, inevitably concluding in divorce.
Forms of unreasonable behaviour include:
One of the most serious and sadly the most common forms of unreasonable behaviour in divorce, domestic abuse can manifest in many forms. From physical abuse resulting in injuries and subsequent medical treatment, to verbal, mental abuse and the threat of physical violence. As well as persistent shouting and frightening behaviour that is having a detrimental impact on the overall mental wellbeing of the spouse.
Disagreements over finances are common between couples. But when one partner is financially reckless, it can place the entire family into financial jeopardy. Racking up huge debts due to irresponsible spending or a gambling addiction is another unreasonable behaviour, culminating in divorce. Refusing to seek help for spending issues, or continuing regardless of the financial implications, is classed as unreasonable behaviour.
On the other end of the financial spectrum, if one spouse is excessively frugal it can also be considered as unreasonable behaviour. If their control of the family finances is having a detrimental impact on the overall wellbeing and the quality of life of their spouse and family, then divorce for unreasonable behaviour is likely.
A lack of affection between couples can lead to isolation and resentment. Sadly, it’s a vicious circle that’s difficult to get out of. A lack of affection could mean a specific lack of sexual intimacy or/as well as a lack of general affection, such as physical contact. This unreasonable behaviour is usually ongoing when divorce is filed.
Addictive behaviours such as alcoholism can accelerate the breakdown of any marriage. This unreasonable behaviour can make living with a spouse unbearable. Especially if it leads to violence, domestic abuse and serious financial implications. If the spouse refuses to seek help or repeatedly reverses any kind of progress, then this is considered unreasonable.