Getting a quick divorce using Unreasonable Behaviour
The publicity people at co-op family law have produced a study showing unreasonable behaviour is now the major ground for a quick divorce, having replaced adultery over the last decade.
Of course The Daily Mail lapped this up as they always do with any divorce related news release, but if you look under the hood, nothing much has changed over the last ten years, and indeed the reason for people using behaviour is not explored as fully as it should have been.
People use unreasonable behaviour, because it allows them to get their divorce dealt with quickly. Most divorces are uncontested with the other party agreeing to the terms of the divorce.
The reason is simple, people will simply agree a sanitised, watered down petition in order to get a quick divorce.
Very few divorce petitions based on behaviour are really genuine behaviour cases in our view. Most legal advisers will give the potential client the choices, to either divorce now on adultery or behaviour or wait 2 years and do a no fault divorce.
Most couples who want a quick divorce and will opt for the behaviour route as there is always an element of behaviour associated with the break down of any marriage.
Adultery is also a ground used in quick divorces, but few choose to go down this route unless it has actually happened. There is also a continuing social stigma of being an adulterer even in the 21st century.
So to conclude, not that much has changed in the last decide in terms of the grounds for divorce being used. People are still seeking to get a quick resolution to their divorce and will use the easiest ground possible to get it.