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16 April 2019

Is my husband’s phone fixation grounds for divorce?

A reader of the Financial Times has been married to her husband for 8 years and is becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of time he spends on his phone, so much so, that she is considering divorce. She asks whether spending too much time on his phone is grounds for divorce and whether she will have to give him half of her assets since she has been the main breadwinner.

Isobel Mundy, senior associate in BDB Pitmans’ family and matrimonial team, explains that the reasons cited in cases of unreasonable behaviour change according to social norms and that the negative impact of technology on relationships is well-publicised. The divorce petitioner must demonstrate that the effect on them is so adverse that they can no longer endure living with their spouse and legal advice should be sought as to the appropriate wording.

The full answer to the reader’s question can be viewed by subscribers of the Financial Times, here.

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