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What grounds for divorce can you choose?

There comes a point in most relationships where you fall out, perhaps over something silly or perhaps something serious. In either case, it can quickly escalate into a bitter row. For some, this passes and everything goes back to normal. Every couple fights sometimes. For others, however, it is merely part of a continuing trend. Gradually you grow apart and even if you are not on bad terms, you may realize that you are no longer happy together.

This is completely normal, even though it can be a hard thing to accept. What is important is what happens next. You may attempt to go through mediation to see if your relationship can be repaired. You may decide that it is simply time to end it and file for divorce. If you choose the latter option, you will need to choose what grounds for divorce you intend to declare. In South Carolina there are five options:

  • Abandonment.
  • Physical cruelty.
  • Adultery.
  • Habitual drunkenness.
  • No fault.

If there is a dispute over the grounds for divorce, the spouse who filed the claim is required to prove it. As this article on divorce explains, the Complaint also includes details of how the filing spouse feels assets should be divided and covers matters such as child custody and visitation.

Whatever you decide to do, you may find the support of an attorney invaluable throughout proceedings. He or she can help you to understand your options and may be able to improve your chances of securing a fair and favorable settlement.

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