How Does a Divorce Progress Through our Court System?

In South Carolina, parties are only entitled to seek a divorce if one of four statutory grounds for divorce is proven. These are: adultery, physical cruelty, habitual drunkenness/drug abuse, or one year’s continuous separation. In the alternative, if parties simply cannot get along, there is an action known as Separate Support and Maintenance which allows parties who are no longer living together to request certain types of relief.

In any of these cases, the parties are usually entitled to request a temporary hearing, which is scheduled shortly after the case is filed. The purpose of this hearing is to address immediate issues such as child custody, support and visitation. Other concerns such as possession of the marital residence, alimony, restraining orders and anything else the Court may need to address on a temporary basis will also be decided at that time.

Most parties go to Court at least once, however, sometimes Court intervention is needed several times during the process of a divorce. We make every effort to make this process as easy as possible during this very difficult time.

Our office in Anderson, South Carolina, Thomason and Pracht, LLP is ready to serve you. Call us today.

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