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South Carolina No-Fault Divorce

No-Fault vs. Fault Based Divorce in SC

Getting a divorce is not as simple as agreeing with your spouse to end the marriage and signing an agreement. The state requires that a divorce must have a filing of initial papers, service of those papers on your spouse, a request for a hearing in Family Court to settle the issues. The hearing may be a temporary hearing or a Final hearing. The courts in our state will only grant you a divorce when you can satisfy one of five grounds. Please call The Farley Law Firm, LLC for a consultation, to determine whether you will be able to file a complaint for divorce immediately, or if further steps are necessary. If you need a Lexington divorce attorney, I am available in my office on Main Street, however, my practice extends to all of the Midlands of South Carolina.

Grounds for Divorce

Section 20-3-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws provides the grounds for divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion for a period of one year
  • Physical cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness or drug use
  • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for at least a year

This final condition is the no-fault basis for a divorce in our state. Unlike many states, it is not possible to make a simple assertion that the marriage is "irretrievably broken."

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If you are seeking a no-fault divorce, you can request a temporary hearing in advance to settle issues such as property division, spousal support, child custody and visitation, and child support. Doing so is advisable, as it will give you up to a year to determine how well the arrangements work for you before accepting the final decree of divorce. Having me represent you at the hearing and throughout the divorce process can make a significant difference in the outcome of the situation, as I can advocate for your rights and fight for your personal interests.



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