The gap between the number of people marrying than divorcing is now wider than at any time since 1992.
But it follows a much bigger shift towards couples living together unmarried as a result of a transformation of social attitudes.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS AND WHERE TO FILE: When both spouses are residents of the state when the action is filed, the plaintiff must have resided in this State for only three months prior to commencement of the action.
When only one spouse resides in the state , the plaintiff must have resided in this State for at least one year prior to the commencement of the action or, if the plaintiff is a nonresident, the defendant must have so resided in this State for this period.
By 2013, 16 per cent of those who married eight years earlier in 2005 were divorced.
No alimony may be awarded a spouse who commits adultery before the earliest of these two events:[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-3-130]SPOUSE' S NAME: The court, upon the granting of final judgment of divorce or an order of separate maintenance, may allow a party to resume a former surname or the surname of a former spouse.
The overall divorce rate fell to 9.8 per 1,000 married men or women, the lowest level since 1975 - the year after a major liberalisation of divorce law in the wake of the sexual revolution came into force.
Papers shall be filed in the Court of Common Pleas in the county where either spouse resides.[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-3-30 and 20-3-60]LEGAL GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE: A divorce may be granted only on the following grounds:[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-3-10]LEGAL SEPARATION: In all actions for separate support and maintenance, legal separation, or other marital litigation between the parties, allowances of alimony and suit money and allowances of alimony and suit money pendente lite shall be made according to the principles controlling such allowance and actions for divorce.Recent figures showed the number of families headed by cohabiting couples up by 30 per cent in a decade and more than doubling since the mid-1990s.Strikingly, the latest divorce figures also offer further evidence that younger couples who do marry are now less likely to divorce than their parents’ generation.[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-3-140]PROPERTY DISTRIBUTION: The court shall make a final equitable apportionment between the parties of the parties' marital property upon request by either party in the pleadings.Each spouse is entitled to keep his or her non-marital property, consisting of property which was:[Based on South Carolina Code of Laws Section 20-7-472 and 20-7-473]ALIMONY/MAINTENANCE/SPOUSAL SUPPORT: In proceedings for divorce from the bonds of matrimony, and in actions for separate maintenance and support, the court may grant alimony or separate maintenance and support in such amounts and for such term as the court considers appropriate as from the circumstances of the parties and the nature of case may be just, pendente lite, and permanently.