Understanding the South Carolina Divorce Process
Divorce and legal separation are rarely easy, and everyone comes to the process with their own priorities. Some people worry about how long it will take to end their marriage, while others worry about finding the least expensive process. At Carver Law Firm LLC, we work with clients who worry about protecting their children, their assets and themselves.
We know this is a frightening time, but we can offer you the legal protection you need. Attorney Lisa M. Carver has 15 years of legal experience and 8 years of Family Law exclusively representing clients and she offers clients throughout Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand area of South Carolina the support they need. Contact our firm online or call 843-502-0368 to schedule your appointment.
The Difference Between Divorce and Separation
Many clients do not understand the difference between divorce and separation and the affects each can have on their life. We empower our clients by helping them make informed decisions about which direction they would like to steer their case. An understanding of basic legal terminology sets solid ground for important decisions:
- Divorce: The decision between two people to terminate a matrimonial bond. Unlike many states, you do not need to be legally separated before you file for divorce. In South Carolina, unless you have been continuously separated for at least one year, one person must be at fault for the marriage to end. Fault can be found if you can show adultery, physical abuse, or drug or alcohol abuse.
- Separation: To be legally separated, you must file an action for separation in Family Court. If you have joint assets, joint debts or children together, it can be dangerous to be separated without working with a lawyer. We help our clients protect their legal interests throughout the separation and prepare them for their divorce.
Even when a separation or divorce is amicable, it is still important to work with an experienced lawyer to protect your children and assets. We help clients resolve child custody and property division matters before they turn contentious. Schedule an appointment by contacting us online or by calling 843-502-0368 locally, or toll free at 866-623-7040.