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Know the procedure for divorce in South Carolina

Whatever the reason, things are breaking down. You've tried to reconcile, but your relationship simply isn't what it used to be. Perhaps you fight, or perhaps you have simply drifted apart. Whatever the case, it may be time to move on. Divorce may seem like a big step, but it could be just the change you need. It is a fresh start for each of you and a chance to try again on your own, or with someone else.

In South Carolina, the divorce process begins with one spouse being served a summons and complaint. He or she then has 30 days to issue a formal reply in writing. The next step is to settle matters such as property division and child custody. It is possible that the court will order those involved to attend parenting courses or mediation in order to help them and their family cope with the divorce process.

If all is settled between the divorcing parties, then the hearing may be abbreviated and the divorce settled quickly. However, in the event of disputes, the court may need to hear evidence and come to a decision in their stead. As is explained on the South Carolina Bar website, the grounds for divorce in South Carolina include the following:

  • Adultery.
  • Habitual drunkenness.
  • Physical cruelty.
  • Separation for a period of one year or more.
  • Desertion.

Divorce can be a difficult thing to go through, but you do not have to face it alone. An attorney can offer you advice and support as you negotiate the process. Furthermore, he or she may be able to assist in the resolution of any disputes, and help you secure a fair final settlement.

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