In the recent case of Yorston & Ors, Re (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973: Improper Petitions), the Family Court dismissed 28 divorce petitions, all of which alleged unreasonable behaviour. The petitions had all been drafted by the same company on behalf of the petitioner and contained identical particulars and behaviour allegations.

The Family Court found that it was impossible for each and every one of the 28 respondents to have behaved in exactly the same manner as alleged. The petitions were found to be improper and each petitioner was required to start again and put their own personal particulars in their petitions. The particulars must be true, and the behaviour alleged must in fact have occurred.

If you need advice on any of the issues raised in this article or any other aspect of Family Law you can contact our specialist Family Law team on 01524 846846.

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