RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AND WHERE TO FILE: When both spouses are residents of the state when the action is filed, the plaintiff must have resided in this State for only three months prior to commencement of the action.
When only one spouse resides in the state , the plaintiff must have resided in this State for at least one year prior to the commencement of the action or, if the plaintiff is a nonresident, the defendant must have so resided in this State for this period.
[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-3-140]PROPERTY DISTRIBUTION: The court shall make a final equitable apportionment between the parties of the parties' marital property upon request by either party in the pleadings.
[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-7-472 and 20-7-473]ALIMONY/MAINTENANCE/SPOUSAL SUPPORT: In proceedings for divorce from the bonds of matrimony, and in actions for separate maintenance and support, the court may grant alimony or separate maintenance and support in such amounts and for such term as the court considers appropriate as from the circumstances of the parties and the nature of case may be just, pendente lite, and permanently.
No alimony may be awarded a spouse who commits adultery before the earliest of these two events:[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-3-130]SPOUSE' S NAME: The court, upon the granting of final judgment of divorce or an order of separate maintenance, may allow a party to resume a former surname or the surname of a former spouse.
Even “innocent” dating that was not the result of an affair can provide ammunition to the other side.
A judge might hear about the dating and begin to believe that there’s something more to it than simple dating post-separation, and that perception could add unnecessary complications to your case.