Important update: in April 2019, the government confirmed that England & Wales will (at some point) change the current laws and introduce no-fault divorce. The information in this blog is still valid until the laws change, however when this will be has not yet been confirmed. For updates on no-fault divorce, please enter your email address below and we'll alert you about any important changes.
The latest stats from the Office for National Statistics show that unreasonable behaviour (one of the reasons you can use to divorce in England and Wales) is still the most common reason used by couples. 36% of all husbands and 51% of all wives used unreasonable behaviour to divorce in 2017, but what were the top 10 reasons for divorce?
With many couples (approximately 42% of all married couples) divorcing, unreasonable behaviour remains the prominent reasons couple use in the absence of no-fault divorce in England and Wales. So, you are not alone and it is possible to remain amicable when using this reason to divorce. Here are amicable’s top tips on remaining amicable if you’re using unreasonable behaviour as your reason for divorce.
Only you, your ex, the court (and any third party such as amicable, online services or lawyers) will see the examples in the document. So, it will never be seen by the public.
To reduce the chances of you rowing, it can work for some couples to write their own examples about themselves so the other person doesn’t have to.
If you want to get divorced and the other five reasons for divorce aren’t open to you, at this point in time, unreasonable behaviour may be your only option. (unless you’re willing to wait for two years separation or five) Therefore, be pragmatic about the court documents and view them as a means to an end.
If you can be pragmatic and focus on the futures you both want when the divorce is finalised, this can pave the way for an amicable split. This is especially important if you’re transitioning from parents to co-parents.