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How to Get a Divorce in South Carolina

Mt. Pleasant Divorce Law Firm

Getting divorce in South Carolina can be complicated. During a divorce, you need to establish alimony, division of assets, and if children are involved, you need to determine parental responsibilities. The process can become complex if the divorce results in a battle, making the right advocacy imperative.

At Shaw Law Firm, our experienced attorneys provide:

  • Dynamic advocacy to settle your divorce as swiftly as possible
  • Confident and positive representation for each stage of the process
  • Astute legal counsel to achieve favorable results
  • Quality services and counsel

No two marriages are alike, and neither are the breakups. The length of your relationship, whether there are children involved, and the complexity of your finances all play a part in what type of divorce best suits your needs and how complicated the process becomes. When you need a lawyer to provide supportive legal counsel as you navigate your unique family court proceedings, turn to our firm.

Wether you need a military divorce lawyer, help with an uncontested divorce, or you just need some questions answered, don't hesitate to schedule your consultation with our firm today!

What are the Grounds for Divorce in South Carolina?

South Carolina requires you to specify the reason for divorce. Most of these justifications are based on the actions of one or more of the spouses, leading to a fault-based divorce.

The fault-based justifications for divorce are:

  • Adultery
  • Physical cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness (alcohol or drugs)
  • Desertion

In order to be granted a divorce on no-fault grounds (meaning neither party can be blamed), the parties need to prove they have been living apart for one year. However, the court may consider past actions of the spouses when determining custody, alimony and property division. Regardless, it is vital that you have a skilled lawyer on your side.

We can provide the advocacy you need for:

At Shaw Law Firm, LLC, we don't pursue unreasonable expectations to pad our billable hours, nor do we expect you to relinquish what you are entitled to in order to reach a speedy settlement. Our attorneys in Mt. Pleasant provide the strategic representation you need to help you in moving on with your life with as favorable a result as possible.

Overview of the Divorce Process

While the “simple divorce” process may seem straightforward, there are few divorces that fall neatly into that bucket. Often, divorces involve disagreements and uncertainty—and it is in your best interest to work with an attorney who can look out for your rights. Below, our firm explains the general process for filing for divorce in the state of South Carolina. If you have further questions, we encourage you to contact us today.

  • First, the service of a summons and complaint begins the divorce.
  • Upon proper service, the defendant has 30 days to file a formal written response and request other relief.
  • If there are any urgent issues, a temporary hearing may be held before the final hearing.
  • Mediation will be required before a final hearing can be held if the parties have been unable to reach an agreement
  • A guardian ad litem may be appointed to represent the interests of the children born of the marriage
  • If parties can settle, an abbreviated hearing will be held by the court.
  • If parties cannot settle, a trial will be held for each party to present their evidence.
  • After the trial, the judge will determine what relief should be granted.

Except in one-year separation divorces, a two month waiting period is required before a final hearing can be held for the divorce and a three month waiting period is required before the decree can be issued.

Quality Representation Is a Phone Call Away

At Shaw Law Firm, LLC, we firmly believe that every individual confronting a legal difficulty deserves quality representation. We recognize the financial uncertainty that often accompanies the breakup of a marriage. We would welcome to opportunity to guide you through your divorce proceedings so you can confidently begin the next phase of your life.

Contact us online to schedule an initial consultation or call (843) 256-3499!

Why Hire Shaw Law Firm?


    The strategic and unwavering representation we provide is hard to find elsewhere.


    We help our clients set realistic goals and stand by their side every step of the way.


    We offer the advocacy our clients need to protect themselves and their family.


    We offer clients an informative consultation to share the details of their situation.