Increase in divorces due to women behaving Unreasonably
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20th March 2014
An analysis of official divorce figures between 1971 and 2011
has shown an increase in the number of divorces where women have
'behaved unreasonably'. Separations for this reason have risen
dramatically over the last forty years, potentially because of women's
increasing financial independence leading to a greater willingness to
According to The Telegraph, in 1971, only 2,165 husbands
divorced their partner because of her 'unreasonable' actions which
accounts for 6% of the total divorces granted to men.
However, by 2011, the same reason accounted for almost half of
separations, with some 14,597 divorces granted against women on these
In addition to signifying a greater independence and
assertiveness, lawyers have also suggested that a rise in more generous
divorce settlements for wives on lower incomes has made it easier for
them to leave their husbands.
The figures also showed a decline in divorces on the grounds
of 'adultery' - with just one in six of the 117,385 total in 2011 due
to this reason. However, while 'unreasonable behaviour' can be easily
established by a court, 'adultery' requires either an admission or
proof which are harder to come by.
If you’d like more information on divorce or separation please
family law solicitors James Haworth.
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