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Grounds for divorce in South Carolina

Making the decision to legally end a marriage isn't always an easy one for couples. Depending on why they are choosing to end their marriage, it may take people a long time to decide what they should do if things simply aren't working out. Once they do decide to move forward with the divorce, they have a number of options as to what they can put down as the reason why they are legally ending their marriage.

In South Carolina, people are able to file for a no fault divorce, but should they choose to file under a particular ground, they can file under the following:

  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol.
  • Adultery.
  • Domestic violence or cruelty.
  • Couple lived apart for one or more years.
  • Spouse deserted the other for one year or more.

In some cases, filing for a no fault divorce is beneficial to one or both parties. When there is a discussion about child support, property division or alimony, courts can sometimes take into consideration which party was at fault and caused the marriage to end. However, if no one is held at fault, when a judge looks at such issues as child custody, alimony, child support and property division, they may be able to fairly assess the situation when making a ruling.

Couples may not always agree on the reason for their divorce, but they can agree that divorce is the best option for them. When dealing with this legal matter, people should consider hiring an attorney to assist with the process. Even if couples are cordial and able to agree on how to resolve most divorce legal issues, an attorney should still be present, so they can prevent spouses from agreeing to something that may not be in their best interests.

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