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How to word unreasonable behaviour examples

This article will provide you with clear examples of worded unreasonable behaviour allegations that you can use as inspiration to complete your own divorce papers.

The examples we provide in this article are real-life examples that you can use and tailor to your exact circumstances.


    Petitioners often get overwhelmed and confused when it comes to wording the allegations of unreasonable behaviour on the divorce petition.

    This becomes more prevalent in cases where people decide to handle their own divorce proceedings and don’t receive help with their divorce.

    To use unreasonable behaviour as your grounds for divorce you will need to prove to the court that your marriage has broken down due to the behaviour(s) of your husband or wife.

    You must do this by writing 4-5 detailed examples of inappropriate behaviour on the divorce petition in a way that a judge reviewing your petition will accept.

    Wording allegations on a divorce petition like the following, ‘he always plays his game console’ or ‘she never wants to sleep in the same bed as me’ will, unfortunately, be unsatisfactory to a judge.

    The divorce petition must be worded in a certain way for the judge to accept them and grant your divorce.

    Divorce-Online.co.uk are experts at drafting behaviour based divorce petitions to ensure that it does not anger your husband or wife, but is satisfactory to the court to grant you a divorce.

    How to write your own unreasonable behaviour divorce petition

    We’re going to show you how to word some of the most common examples of unreasonable behaviour on your divorce petition.

    The below examples are exactly that, ‘examples’, if you are still unsure how to go about wording your allegations of unreasonable behaviour you should call us for free advice on 01793 384 029.

    Here are some common examples of unreasonable behaviour as they should be on the divorce petition:

    1. The Respondent and the Petitioner stopped socialising together in March 2018, which led to the Petitioner feeling lonely and depressed.
    2. The Respondent has a bad temper that [he/she] has lost on numerous occasions causing the Petitioner to be scared and anxious.
    3. The Respondent does not want to engage in any sexual or physical relations with the Petitioner, which has made the Petitioner feel unwanted and self conscious.
    4. Since [insert date] the Respondent has refused to socialise with the Petitioner. They have begun to pursue an active social life with his/her friends, leaving the Petitioner to feel abandoned.
    5. The Petitioner and Respondent do not share any common interests and only spoke to each other in the latter part of the marriage regarding the children, making the Petitioner feel isolated and lonely.
    6. The Respondent has always disliked the Petitioner’s family, which has led to the Petitioner feeling isolated from them and thus causing [him/her) distress.

    What is the structure for unreasonable behaviour allegations?

    If you are handling your own divorce it can be confusing learning how to structure the behaviours of your spouse on the divorce petition.

    Use the same structure as our example below and the Judge should have no issues granting you a divorce.

    Since [Insert Date], the Respondent has [Unreasonable Behaviour Action], which has made the Petitioner fee [Insert how you felt].

    So you have;

    • A date when the action happened or started
    • The action your ex-partner has done (plenty of examples can be found here)
    • How the actions of your ex-partner made you feel

    What does an unreasonable behaviour allegation actually look like?

    Since March 2020, when Lockdown started, the Respondent started drinking excessively and on numerous occasions become verbally abusive towards the Petitioner, which has made the Petitioner feel upset and isolated.

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    This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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