Often debts and financial issues are quoted as one of the detailed unreasonable behaviour facts cited in divorce petitions. Unfortunately, unravelling the debts can more more difficult than sharing any assets, as often neither party can afford to pay them.

Some of the debts can relate to cost of living and unfortunate circumstances. In short marriages there is often debt left following extravagant weddings.

The pressure on couples to stage increasingly "fairytale" weddings is now so great that some are now still trying to pay off the bills when they get divorced, family lawyers claim.