South Carolina Divorce Attorney
Divorce is a deeply personal, and often emotional, legal matter. Each divorce is unique. You need a divorce attorney who will take the time to understand your unique needs and goals, and create the strategy that will be best for you. South Carolina divorce attorney J. Darrell Beckham understands this and makes it his priority to hear your story and understand the complexities of your unique situation, so that he can tailor his approach to your needs.
No Fault Divorce in South Carolina
South Carolina allows for no fault divorce in cases where a couple has lived apart for at least one year. You do not need to show fault on the part of either party, but you will have to prove that you have lived separately for one full year.
In South Carolina you must have actually lived in separate residences for the entire year. Living in separate parts of the same house does not count. Couples who decide to try to make it work by living together again, even if they only spend one night together, may be resetting the clock.
Fault Divorce in South Carolina
South Carolina has four fault grounds for divorce:
- Physical cruelty
- Habitual intoxication with alcohol or narcotics
- Desertion for at least one year
Matters to be Settled in Divorce
Divorce does more than dissolve the marriage. Certain matters must be settled in every divorce.
When both parties can agree on the terms of the divorce it is uncontested. Uncontested divorce is preferable, because it is the best chance for both parties to be as satisfied as possible with the outcome. In most cases, you still need an attorney to help you draft agreements that will protect your interests and that the court will approve, even if you and your spouse can easily come to an agreement on every issue.
A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot come to an agreement and the court must decide one or more of the following issues for them:
- Division of property and debts
- Spousal support
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Division of retirement assets
If you want to go back to your maiden name, divorce attorney J. Darrell Beckham can help you with that process as well. He will make sure that the proper forms are filled out and filed with the right offices, so that you do not encounter legal problems regarding your name change.
If you live in Newberry County, Richland County, Lexington County, the City of Columbia or anywhere in South Carolina and are considering divorce or already going through the process, we can help. Please call the Law Office of J. Darrell Beckham, LLC, at 803-364-9111 or contact us online to schedule your consultation. Mr. Beckham is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Your initial consultation, by phone or in his office, is charge. From there, we offer financing upon approval, and discounts for veterans, active military and military spouses. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Please do not hesitate to call and learn more about how we can help you.