In South Carolina, married people cannot obtain a divorce unless one of the spouses brings a lawsuit requesting a divorce in the Family Court, and a ground recognized by the state of South Carolina exists to justify a granting of the divorce.

In South Carolina there are five (5) grounds for a divorce, 4 of which are “fault” grounds:


Desertion (abandonment);

Habitual Drunkenness, which includes use of illegal drug and abuse of prescription drugs;

Physical Cruelty;

Separation for one (1) year- this is sometimes called the “no-fault” ground.

In the event that a ground does not exist for a divorce, if the parties have separated one spouse may file for what is called a “Decree of Separate Maintenance,” which will allow for the resolution of many of the issues that can be decided by way of divorce. Please note that if a party is accused of behavior that could result in a fault-ground divorce, the party accused may have defenses available.

If you have any questions about divorce or family law, call the Spartanburg Family Lawyers at Holland & Usry toll free at 888-230-1841 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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Rob is a Spartanburg personal injury lawyer. Rob also practices as a workers' compensation attorney.