South Carolina Divorce Mediation Basics
Our South Carolina divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more.
In South Carolina, an uncontested divorce is also known as “simple divorce” (as opposed to a contested divorce that must go before the courts for determination of important issues). Simple divorce requires a written marital settlement agreement to avoid the more lengthy court process of a contested divorce.
To qualify for simple divorce in South Carolina, you must agree on all important issues and file a written settlement agreement that details the agreements between the spouses. You must also meet certain residency requirements (three months if you both live in the state; otherwise one year if only one spouse lives in the state). S.C. Code §§ 20-30-10, 20-3-30 (2022).
To file an uncontested divorce in South Carolina, you’ll also have to cite the only no-fault ground allowed for simple divorce, and live separately for at least one year. You must also agree on division of property and follow SC child support guidelines if you have minor children.
Self-help forms are available online at the South Carolina Judicial Department’s website. LawHelp.org also has some useful videos and resources to assist in the process of filing for simple divorce in South Carolina. The South Carolina Judicial Department self-help resources are also essential when filing.
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes. Our South Carolina divorce mediation can save you significant time and money when you use a divorce mediator to assist with your divorce settlement agreement.
For more information on South Carolina divorce mediation, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in South Carolina.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.