Divorce Residency Essentials to Get Divorce in South-carolina
To file for divorce in the state of South Carolina, one or both spouses will need to have lived in South Carolina for a certain amount of time, based on certain determining factors. These requirements will need to be met whether you utilize a do-it-yourself divorce service or you file for divorce in a courtroom with a lawyer present. In any case, only one of the following residency requirements must be met.
- The spouse who files for the divorce must have lived in South Carolina for at least one year.
- If the filing spouse lives outside of the state, the other spouse (known as the defendant) must be a current resident of the state and must have lived in the state for at least one year prior to filing.
- Both spouses live within the state and have maintained residency for at least three months before filing for divorce.
Reasons for Divorce in South-carolina
In South Carolina, divorce can be filed without stating that one party is "at fault" or to blame for the dissolution of the marriage. The grounds for a no-fault divorce is living separately without cohabitation for one year or more.
Custody of the Children in South-carolina
In South Carolina, the best interests of the child are always at the forefront of child custody decisions. Joint or sole custody may be granted. Joint legal custody gives both parents the ability to contribute to the decision making process and upbringing of the child. Under a Joint legal custody arrangement, one parent can still be the primary caregiver and have custody of the child the majority of the time with the other parent having a parenting schedule. Joint physical custody exists when both parents have custody of the children for an equal or near-equal amount time.
South-carolina Child Support Guidelines
The state-standard child support guidelines in South Carolina apply in nearly every case, barring exceptional circumstances. When calculating child support, both parents’ gross income and child related expenses are taken into account. Support continues until the child reaches the age of 18, but it can extend further until the child completes secondary school.
South Carolina court filing fees are in addition to the affordable costs of using OnlineDivorceSolutions.com. For more information about the filing fees, contact your local courthouse directly.