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Uncontested divorce in South Carolina

Having decided to legally end their marriage in the state of South Carolina, couples can choose between two options:

  • Contested dissolution. This way of ending a marriage is the one to choose if a couple has irresolvable disputes concerning such important matters as child custody and support, alimony, or property and debt division. In this case, they have no other option but to hire lawyers to represent their interests in court. Consequently, divorcees have to be ready to spend a lot of money on legal support as well as go through multiple divorce hearings.
  • Uncontested divorce. Uncontested dissolution in South Carolina is a great option as it allows couples to reach an agreement on their own terms and get divorced much quicker without necessarily hiring lawyers. Having come to a full agreement, spouses will need to attend only one short hearing and wait until their dissolution is finalized.

Deciding to divorce amicably and file for an uncontested dissolution without a lawyer, you need to understand that you will have to work on the legal forms yourself. There are a lot of forms that are required for each specific case, and finding them all, especially the updated versions, is a real challenge. Moreover, filling them out without having legal background may be extremely difficult. If this isn’t something you want to spend days or weeks on, OnlineDivorcer is here to help.

We are a leading divorce forms provider in the industry that has been in the business for more than 12 years, helping thousands of couples in South Carolina to get started with their marriage dissolution. Working with our company, you will get a full package of legal documents prepared for your case, meaning that they will be picked and filled out to suit your divorce situation.

How does it work?

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Check whether you qualify for an uncontested divorce

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Filing for divorce in South Carolina without a lawyer

If you have decided to file for divorce without legal help, follow the steps described herein:

  • Check if you meet the residency requirements of the state. If both spouses reside in South Carolina, they must have lived there for at least 3 months before they can legally file. Alternatively, if one of the spouses is a resident of another state, the other spouse must have lived in SC for at least 1 year before filing.
  • Find and complete the required paperwork.
  • File the documents with the Clerk of Court in the Family Court Division and pay the filing fee.
  • Serve your spouse with the paperwork. In South Carolina, you can hire a sheriff or a process server for this purpose. Your ex-husband or wife can also agree to accept the service directly from you, and sign the Acceptance of Service to prove it to a court.
  • Wait until the court clerk mails you the info about a hearing date.
  • Attend the final hearing. During this process, you will need to answer some questions of the judge. You will likely need a witness to testify that you and your spouse have been separated for 1 year before filing.
  • Wait until the Final Order for Divorce is signed by a judge.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in South Carolina?

Sometimes, couples decide to try a DIY divorce option thinking that it would save them a lot of money. However, it might actually cost them more and take a lot of time if they make any mistake in the process. If you believe that getting your forms filled out by someone is not as good as a DIY option, take a look at the steps you will need to take:

  • First of all, check the following: 1) whether you meet the residency requirements of the state and county you live in; 2) if you are in a full agreement with your ex to qualify for an uncontested divorce.
  • Visit the official website of a South Carolina court as it is the most credible resource of divorce-related information. Here, you have to find all the required forms. If you are not sure what paperwork you need to complete, do a thorough research on the Web or contact a lawyer.
  • If you have kids, do the following: 1) check state guidelines concerning custody, child support calculations, and parenting classes; 2) find child-related forms; 3) find out if having kids changes/prolongs the marriage dissolution process.
  • Once you have found all the necessary forms, fill them out. However, pay attention to all the terms you are unfamiliar with; you have to check them out to avoid providing incorrect answers.
  • Please, note that some fields should be filled out by the court clerk, so make sure you leave them blank.
  • Proofread all the documents to eliminate any possible mistakes. Otherwise, you might not be able to file them.
  • Now you can print and sign the papers. Mind that some forms can be signed only in front of a notary.
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South Carolina divorce forms

We have decided to provide you with the most frequently required forms to save your time:

  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Family Court Cover Sheet
  • Financial Declaration Form
  • Request for Hearing

South Carolina divorce papers online

In order to get your SC forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.
  • There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know

Filing

You have to file a Complaint for Divorce in the Family Court Division. The paperwork then has to be delivered by a sheriff or a process server for an additional fee. Alternatively, you can ask your spouse to accept the service and serve them yourself.

Residency Requirements

If both spouses live in SC, they must have resided there for at least 3 months prior to filing. If one of the spouses is a resident of another state, the other spouse should have lived in the SC for at least 1 year prior to filing.

Waiting Period

The waiting period is approximately 35 days.

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Getting a divorce in South Carolina with a child

Here are a few things that spouses with kids should be aware of when trying to work out child-related aspects of their divorce:

  • In South Carolina, judges consider preferences of children when determining custody. As long as a kid is mature enough to make sound decisions, their desires will be taken into account.
  • Parents may get joint/sole legal and joint/sole physical custody. Kids will live with a spouse who has physical custody and move between parents’ residences if both spouses have the said type of custody. Having legal custody presupposes making major life decisions (education, healthcare, religious upbringing, etc.) for children.
  • As in many other states, in a situation when one parent gets sole custody, the second obtains visitation rights.
  • Child support payments should be calculated based on the SC Guidelines, which consider parent’s income and living situations, among other factors, as a part of calculations.

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