Family Law & Divorce

Each and every family law matter presents unique interests, oftentimes causing great turmoil and stress. Phipps Law Firm’s primary interest is to find resolutions that are in the best interests of you and your children. This Charleston family law attorney will work vigorously to help you address your individual concerns in a timely and cost-effective manner. We are ready to assist you in the following areas:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Property Division
  • Alimony
  • Prenuptial Agreements

If you are considering filing for divorce but need guidance, now is the time to speak with a Charleston divorce attorney who can guide you through this process and difficult time.

FILING FOR DIVORCE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

In order to file for divorce in South Carolina, one party has to have resided in the state for at least one year, if the other party lives out of state. If both parties have lived in South Carolina for at least three months, then either party may file for a divorce in South Carolina. The divorce should be filed in the county in which the spouses formally resided together. If only the spouse filing for divorce lives in South Carolina, then he or she may file in the county where he or she currently resides.

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

There are five grounds for divorce in South Carolina.

  • Adultery
  • Physical Cruelty
  • Desertion
  • Habitual drunkenness/drug abuse
  • Prenuptial Agreements

A party who files for divorce on a fault ground is entitled to ask the Court to grant the divorce three months after the date the Complaint is filed. To file for a no fault divorce in South Carolina, a couple must have lived separate and apart for at least one year. South Carolina recognizes a number of reasons as a basis for a no fault divorce. Please note that South Carolina does not recognize legal separation, however, there is a similar type of action called “Separate Support and Maintenance".

Call 843-300-4444 for a FREE consultation to review your case with an experienced lawyer in family law – divorce.

Family Law Areas

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Property Division
  • Alimony
  • Prenuptial Agreements