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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in South Carolina

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of South Carolina, online divorce is an easy, affordable, and fast solution to prepare legal forms. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case.

The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy for you. We help organize all the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed instructions on filing your divorce in South Carolina.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to complete their divorce papers quickly and without stress.

Even though South Carolina has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out, and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker, and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or hope to have your divorce finalized quickly to get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in South Carolina is fast becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home.

So even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home, or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

The process at OnlineDivorce.com is 100% secure. We protect your information, and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in South Carolina with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, after getting the other spouse’s signature, the divorce forms may be filed at the local court.

In South Carolina, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county where you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide, along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents.

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make minor adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency before filing for divorce. South Carolina is no exception.

To file for divorce in South Carolina, either spouse must live in South Carolina for the required period. Only one of these following statements must be true:

(1) the filing spouse has lived in South Carolina for at least one year;
(2) the defending spouse has lived in South Carolina for at least one year (if the filing spouse lives outside the State of South Carolina); or
(3) both spouses live in South Carolina and have lived in South Carolina for at least three months (before filing your divorce case.)

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and current South Carolina driver’s license, ID card, or voter’s registration card.

However, if this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for the required time. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form to serve as proof you’ve lived in the state.

As for proving residency within a specific county, it varies from county to county in South Carolina. More information will be provided as you work through the process of filling out your questionnaire on OnlineDivorce.com.

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of South Carolina. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

 

Establishing grounds is an essential step in filing for divorce. It should be done together, and both spouses must agree unless one spouse plans to prove otherwise in a court of law in a contested divorce.

 

In South Carolina, the no-fault ground for divorce is irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with no probable chance of reconciliation.

 

A few of the potential fault-based grounds (or reasons) for divorce in South Carolina include, but are not limited to, adultery (marital infidelity), a conviction of a felony (whether or not it leads to imprisonment), willful desertion or abandonment, and cruel or inhuman treatment.

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Custody of the child in South Carolina

Custody of the child

Sole or joint legal or physical child custody may be awarded based on the court’s discretion and what would be in the child’s best interests.

The fault is not to be considered in custody decisions unless it is relevant to determining the fitness of a parent to have custody. Neither parent is regarded as the preferred parent based on the parent’s gender.

Factors that may be considered include:

  • the wishes of the parents as to custody;
  • the temperament and developmental needs of the child;
  • the past and current interaction and relationship of the child with each parent, the child’s siblings, and any other person, including a grandparent, who may significantly affect the best interest of the child;
  • the capacity and the disposition of the parents to understand and the preferences of each child;
  • the actions of each parent to encourage the continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent, as is appropriate, including compliance with court orders;
  • the manipulation by or coercive behavior of the parents in an effort to involve the child in the parents’ dispute;
  • any effort by one parent to disparage the other parent in front of the child;
  • the ability of each parent to be actively involved in the life of the child;
  • the stability of the child’s existing and proposed residences;
  • the mental and physical health of all individuals involved, except that a disability of a proposed custodial parent or the other party, in and of itself, must not be determinative of custody unless the proposed custodial arrangement is not in the best interest of the child;
  • the child’s cultural and spiritual background;
  • the child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community environments;
  • whether the child or a sibling of the child has been abused or neglected;
  • whether one parent has perpetrated domestic violence or child abuse or the effect on the child of the actions of an abuser if any domestic violence has occurred between the parents or between a parent and another individual or between the parent and the child;
  • whether one parent has relocated more than one hundred miles from the child’s primary residence in the past year unless the parent relocated for safety reasons; and
  • any other factors the court considers necessary.

The parents both have equal rights regarding any award of custody of children. [Code of Laws of South Carolina; Chapter 3, Sections 20-3-160, South Carolina Children's Code Chapter 15, Section 63-15-240]

Rules for child support in South Carolina

South Carolina’s standard child support rules and regulations will apply in almost every divorce case, barring extraordinary circumstances.

Both parents’ gross incomes and some child-related expenses will be considered as the child support is calculated. Child support continues until the child reaches age 18 and may extend until the completion of secondary school.

Both parents have joint responsibility for child support. The court may request income withholding for the guarantee of child support payments. There are official child support regulations that are presumed to be correct unless one of the following factors justifies a deviation from the amount:

  • Educational expenses for the child or children or a spouse;
  • The equal distribution of property;
  • Any consumer liabilities;
  • If the family has six or more children;
  • Unreimbursed special medical or dental expenses of either parent;
  • Required retirement deductions of either parent;
  • Support obligations for additional dependents;
  • Unreimbursed out of the ordinary medical or dental expenses of the child or children;
  • Other court-ordered payments;
  • Any available income earned from the child or children;
  • A substantial disparity in the income of the parents, making it impractical for the non-custodial parent to pay the guideline amount;
  • The effect of marital support on the circumstances; and
  • Any agreements between the spouses, if in the best interests of the child or children. [Code of Laws of South Carolina; Chapter 3, Sections 20-3-160, and 43-5-580 and South Carolina Case Law]

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Rules for spousal support in South Carolina

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, sometimes referred to as spousal support, may be ordered by the court to help a spouse live and comfortably exist in a manner established during the marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided upon by the couple before filing, or the court may award it in a contested divorce case.

Either spouse can be awarded maintenance for their natural life or on a short-term basis. The only factor specified in the statute is due consideration of any circumstances of the spouses. South Carolina courts have regularly interpreted this requirement to include the following factors:

  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The ability of the spouse from whom marital support is sought to meet their needs while also meeting those of the spouse seeking support;
  • The fiscal resources of the spouse who seeks the maintenance, to include marital property which is given to such spouse and a spouse’s ability to meet their needs independently;
  • The fiscal resources of the spouses on a comparative basis, including their earning abilities in the labor market;
  • The ages of the two spouses;
  • The standard of living established during the marriage;
  • The physical and emotional wellness of the spouses;
  • The tax consequences to each party as a result of the particular form of support awarded;
  • Any fault of the spouses leading to the divorce.

The court may require the posting of a bond as security for the payment of alimony and may require a spouse to carry life insurance and name the other spouse as beneficiary. [Code of Laws of South Carolina; Chapter 3, Sections 20-3-120, 20-3-130, 20-3-140 and South Carolina Case Law]

Property division in South Carolina

Property division

South Carolina is an “equitable distribution” state. Therefore, each spouse is entitled to keep their non-marital property, consisting of belongings:

  • Which were acquired before the marriage;
  • Acquired by gift or inheritance;
  • Acquired in exchange for non-marital belongings; or
  • Acquired due to an increase in the value of the non-marital belongings.

All other belongings acquired during the marriage are subject to division, based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The age of the spouses;
  • Any marital misconduct;
  • Any economic misconduct;
  • The value of the marital belongings;
  • The contribution of each of the spouses to the acquisition of the marital belongings, including the contribution of each of the spouses as homemaker;
  • The income of each of the spouses;
  • The earning ability of each of the spouses and the opportunity for the future acquisition of capital assets;
  • The physical and emotional wellness of each of the spouses;
  • The needs of each of the spouses for additional training or education to achieve their earning ability;
  • The non-marital belongings of each of the spouses;
  • Any retirement benefits;
  • Whether alimony is given;
  • The desirability of awarding the family home to the spouse who has custody of the children;
  • The tax consequences;
  • Any other support obligations of either spouse;
  • Any marital debts of the spouses;
  • Any child custody arrangements; and
  • Any other relevant factors.

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Mediation support in South Carolina

The court may refer the spouses to a mediator, who makes a serious effort to reconcile the spouses. In those cases, the divorce may not be granted unless certified by the judge or the referee that the efforts were deemed unsuccessful.

No final divorce decree will be granted until at least three months after the initial filing of the divorce complaint. [Code of Laws of South Carolina; Chapter 3, Sections 20-3-80, 20-3-90]

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Filing fees for divorce in South Carolina

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take

Using the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more, depending on the complexity of your case. Start by filling out the questionnaire. You can do it in one sitting or save your progress and complete it at a later date. Whatever is most convenient for you.

Once you’ve received the completed documents, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll receive more information regarding the finalization of the divorce case once the paperwork has been completed and submitted to the court.

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