Why did Law and Order SVU detectives Benson and Stabler break up as partners in 8th season?

Why did they break up as partners? And why were they awkward/angry/uncomfortable when Benson came back from the FBI?

Asked By: hershey_girl2 - 8/18/2009
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In Season 7, Episode 19 "Fault" Benson requests a new partner when she hears that Stabler would sacrifice his life to save hers, which is what he did during the episode. She knows she would do the same for him, so she must get a new partner. I Think this is when she is transferred to the computer crimes unit. There are... More
Answered By: Dixie - 8/18/2009
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Stabler was getting a divorce, and Benson was blamed for it. Until things cooled down, Liv wanted to get another partner. Stabler didn't want her to, They started arguing and too much tension developed between them, so Cragen assigned them to different precincts and jobs. Liv feels uneasy that maybe she did cause... More
Answered By: sugarbabe - 8/18/2009
The real reason,in real life was b/c Mariska (Olivia) left to be on maternity leave.That is why Dani Beck came to be Elliot's partner. The other answers are correct as far as the show goes.
Answered By: debbie - 1/15/2014
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