South Carolina Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in South Carolina
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in South Carolina. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the South Carolina online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in South Carolina are as follows:

  • The plaintiff must have resided in this State at least one year prior to the commencement of the action
  • If the plaintiff is a nonresident, the defendant must have so resided in this State for this period
  • When both parties are residents of the State when the action is commenced, the plaintiff must have resided in this State only three months prior to commencement of the action
  • Actions for divorce from the bonds of matrimony must be tried in the county:
    • In which the defendant resides at the time of the commencement of the action
    • In which the plaintiff resides if the defendant is a nonresident or after due diligence cannot be found
    • Or, in which the parties last resided together as husband and wife unless the plaintiff is a nonresident, in which case it must be brought in the county in which the defendant resides

    (Code of Laws for South Carolina - Chapter 3; Sections 20-3-30, 20-3-60, 20-3-80)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in South Carolina:

  • No Fault:
    • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of one year
  • Fault:
    • Adultery
    • Willful desertion for a period of one year
    • Physical cruelty
    • Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse

    (Code of Laws for South Carolina - Chapter 3; Sections 20-3-10)

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