Grounds for Divorce In South Carolina


  1. Desertion/No Fault Separation of One Year – No special proof is required.


  1. Habitual Abuse of Alcohol/Drugs – Requires proof beyond simply using or consuming these substances, the court will need to see evidence of sustained pattern of substance abuse. Evidence such as arrest charges related to substance abuse, bills showing frequent purchases of alcohol, and medical records relating to substance abuse.


  1. Physical Cruelty – Doesn’t require proof of actual physical injury, but the court will require proof that your spouse has behaved in a manner that put you at risk of serious physical harm or death.


  1. Adultery – Doesn’t require proof of actual adultery, however you do have to provide at least circumstantial evidence that your spouse had the opportunity to commit adultery and the inclination or intent to cheat.


Habitual alcohol/drug abuse, physical cruelty, and adultery does not require you to be separated from your spouse, however the court will need to see sufficient evidence to support your grounds for divorce in order to force your spouse to leave your home if they are still living there.  If you are in need for a private investigator to gather evidence for your divorce contact Eye B King.


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