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David Wells is a divorce attorney serving Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, Little River, Georgetown, and North Myrtle Beach.

Grounds for Divorce in South Carolina

In South Carolina, divorce is governed by statute and must be based on grounds that are explicitly spelled out in the laws. Those grounds include:

  • Separation for a year or more, without cohabitation during that time period (this is South Carolina’s version of “no fault” divorce)
  • Adultery
  • Physical cruelty
  • Habitual drug or alcohol use/abuse
  • Desertion (lasting a year or more)

In addition, there are several other requirements that must be met before you may pursue a divorce in South Carolina courts. For instance, the state residency requirement prevents anyone who hasn’t lived in South Carolina for at least a year (or if both parties live in the state, both must have lived here for at least three months) from seeking a divorce here.

You should always consult a South Carolina domestic relations attorney before proceeding.

Myrtle Beach Divorce Attorney David Wells

Family Law is our focus. That means we have a depth of skill and knowledge that is needed in your family law case. We provide advocacy in every situation. At every step of the way in your family law case, you’ll find nothing but strong, dedicated advocates and allies at Wells Law Firm. Compassion is at the heart of what we do. We believe each client is entitled to respect, compassion, support, and intense legal advocacy.

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If you’re uncertain of what grounds for divorce apply in your case, or if you just want more information, speak with Myrtle Beach divorce attorney David Wells at the Wells Law Firm. Call (843) 839-1500 or click on the button below to send us a message now.