Experienced South Carolina, Divorce
and Family Law Attorneys Help Resolve Challenging Issues
When you become a client of the Law Offices of Lester and Hendrix, LLC, you receive a client information packet. This packet contains a short course on domestic relations law in South Carolina, the table of contents for your novel, and more. Our novel approach can help to steer you through a seemingly overwhelming array of documents, figures, and facts. The more information you provide in your novel, the more efficient and effective the process for the dissolution of your marriage or relationship can be.
To begin the divorce process in South Carolina, one spouse must file a complaint for divorce in the county where your spouse lives or where you live if your spouse does not reside in South Carolina. If you both still live in the state, you may also file where you last lived together.
South Carolina residency requirements apply: you or your spouse must have been a resident of South Carolina for at least one year. If both of you live in South Carolina, you must both have lived here for at least three months.
In South Carolina, you can file for divorce based on five grounds. They include either a single no-fault ground that only applies if you and your spouse have been living separate and apart for one year or four fault grounds:
Our client information packet contains instructions for completing your property list. It requires substantial detail, so be prepared. But know that all this hard work upfront will help to streamline a process that can often be turbulent.
In South Carolina, the court divides marital property — the assets and debts you jointly acquired and owned during your marriage — equitably when you divorce. Equitable distribution means fair, not necessarily equal, distribution.
Some property, however, is considered separate and not marital property, including property acquired:
Judges consider several factors in dividing marital property:
If you and/or your spouse seek separate maintenance and support, similar rules to divorce apply; however, the grounds are not as strict and the judges do not require as much proof. Although you remain married, the following become legally defined:
At the Law Offices of Lester & Hendrix, we offer methods other than litigation to resolving marital disputes if the circumstances warrant them. These methods include:
Mr. Lester routinely and successfully mediates for many area attorneys. Ms. Hendrix is a South Carolina state certified mediator.
Let us be your stabilizing force. We guide you through the legal process so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. Call us at one of our offices or complete the online form to schedule your initial consultation.
Serving South Carolina with offices in Columbia, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach