Separation & Divorce

Whether you are seeking a divorce based on one of the grounds allowed in South Carolina or seeking a so-called “no-fault divorce,” the experienced divorce lawyers at Morton & Gettys can help guide you through this difficult time.

In South Carolina, there are five grounds for divorce, each with strict standards of proof and evidence:

  • Separation of more than one year
  • Physical cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness (drug abuse also applies)
  • Adultery
  • Desertion

Many divorces are based on separation of more than one year – South Carolina’s so-called “no fault divorce” option. There are strict requirements that must be met in order to file for divorce based on a separation. The couple cannot live in the same home during the proceeding one-year period, which can be difficult financially.

No matter your reasons for divorce, the experienced divorce lawyers at Morton & Gettys will begin by discussing your case with you and carefully analyzing your circumstances in order to advise you the best way to proceed. We will ensure that your case is filed properly, and we will help you gather the evidence you need to see the case through. We also can assist with questions about common-law marriages prior to a 2019 South Carolina Supreme Court ruling that eliminated that option in the future.