It seems that every time a celebrity marriage ends with a divorce announcement, the term “irreconcilable differences” is splashed across tabloids and celebrity magazines. But what are irreconcilable differences and what are grounds for divorce?
The Office for National Statistics estimates that 42% of marriages will end in divorce. The most common reason for divorce is for “unreasonable behaviour” – one of the five ‘facts’ for grounds for divorce. The other facts are:
- living apart more than two years
- living apart more than five years
Irreconcilable differences is a “no-fault” reason for divorce in the United States – meaning there is no one person at fault for the marriage’s breakdown. According to West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, irreconcilable differences are the “existence of significant…