Angelina Jolie has issued divorce proceedings against Brad Pitt

Recently Angelina Jolie issued divorce proceedings against her husband Brad Pitt citing irreconcilable differences.

As the law stands in the UK, ‘irreconcilable differences’ cannot be used as grounds for divorce. If couples have not been separated for 2 years or more, like Brad and Angelina, they have the option of petitioning for divorce on the basis that the marriage has ‘broken down irretrievably’ as a result of the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

Under Divorce law in the UK what is deemed as unreasonable behaviour is subjective, therefore whilst in this case the public or media may not deem Brad Pitt’s actions as unreasonable, if it was unreasonable to Angelina this would be enough to petition for a divorce.

It seems in this case that the couple’s children are at the root of their present problems: reports suggest that Angelina is unhappy with Brad’s parenting style. There is speculation about how the couple will manage any arrangements for their 6 children.

There is a presumption in English Law that both parents should be involved in a child’s upbringing, expect in cases of likely harm. What is in the best interests of a child should be at the forefront of any parent’s minds when agreeing any child arrangements.

If parties are having difficulties in agreeing any child arrangements, the guidance of a family mediator may assist in reaching an amicable decision.

In some cases it may be necessary to seek the Court’s assistance and application may be made for a child arrangements order. A child arrangements order will specify where the child will live and when they will spend time with each parent.

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Rubina Vohra

About Rubina Vohra

Rubina Vohra is a solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Rubina’s blogs cover her specialisms of all aspects of marriage breakups and separation with a heavier slant towards divorce, children and finances. Rubina also writes about changes in the law and report on topical/current high profile cases.
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