Grounds for Divorce
According to South Carolina law, the following are deemed grounds for divorce:
- desertion for a period of one year,
- physical cruelty,
- habitual drunkenness, provided that this ground shall be construed to include habitual drunkenness caused by the use of a narcotic drug, and
- separation for the duration of one year.
What if I cannot prove any grounds for divorce?
If you and your spouse are separated without any grounds for divorce, you may file for a Decree of Separate Support and Maintenance. This gives you the right to live separately and apart from your spouse. This can resolve alimony, child custody and support and division of property and debts from the marriage. However, this cannot lawfully end your marriage.