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In short, if both parties have lived in South Carolina for over three (3) months, then South Carolina has personal jurisdiction of the parties.
While many people believe that once they are separated from their spouse they are free to start dating again. You are still married to your spouse until the judge signs your divorce decree.
On the same note, you are still married, so until you are divorced you cannot marry another person as it would constitute bigamy.
For a fault-based divorce, South Carolina recognizes (1) Adultery, (2) Habitual Drunkenness or Drug Use, (3) Physical Cruelty, and (4) Desertion.
The cost of your divorce is determined on a case by case basis.
It is important to look at your legal representation for your divorce as an investment to protect yourself, your children and your finances in the future.
In South Carolina, the following statutory factors in determining whether a party should or should not be awarded spousal support. You may file for divorce once you have a ground for divorce (see grounds for divorce discussed above).
However, in South Carolina, you may file a Separate Support and Maintenance Action before you have a ground for divorce.
If your spouse does not respond within that time period, then the case can proceed accordingly.