Grounds for Divorce

In South Carolina there are 5 grounds for divorce. Our Courts recognize four “fault” grounds and one “no-fault” ground for divorce.

1.     Adultery

2.     Desertion for a period of one year

3.     Physical cruelty

4.     Habitual drunkenness (alcohol or narcotic drugs)

5.     Separation of spouses for at least one year (“no-fault divorce”)

In order to obtain a divorce, the party filing for divorce must prove at least one of these grounds with legally sufficient evidence. The proof needed to allow the court to grant a divorce on one of the five grounds depends on your circumstance.

Please feel free to contact Crantford Meehan for a Free Consultation regarding your Divorce. Remember, whether you decide to retain us or not, everything we discuss is confidential.