Greenville County Divorce Attorney

Serving South Carolinians in Laurens & Spartanburg

Divorce can be a painful experience. Dissolving an intimate relationship that is also a legal one can be difficult at best. You may be at a loss as to how to get through the process as you face challenging decisions that can impact your life for years to come. 

Where children are involved, the process can be even more stressful. Protecting your children from the turmoil of the divorce may be the primary consideration you have while also needing to ensure that your relationship with them is not compromised. 

Greenville divorce attorney

At the Law Office of Rhett Burney, we understand the emotional, financial, parental, and other worries involved in a divorce. Attorney Rhett Burney approaches each case with customized strategies based on your circumstances, family dynamics, needs, and goals. While it is ideal to be able to amicably negotiate the terms of your divorce settlement with your spouse, that may not always be possible. Rhett is also a Certified Mediator who can provide mediation services as an alternative dispute resolution process. Where these other methods fail, he is also a skilled and proven trial lawyer who can prepare and represent your case before a judge in family court. 

Discuss the specifics of your case with our Greenville divorce attorney in a confidential evaluation. Connect with the Law Office of Rhett Burney at (864) 523-2032 or via email to get started. 


Fault-Based & No-Fault Divorce in South Carolina

South Carolina offers a no-fault divorce which means you do not have to prove any marital misconduct on the part of your spouse to dissolve your marriage. To be eligible for a no-fault divorce, you must: 

  • You and your spouse must have lived separately and apart for a minimum of one year. 
  • Separate and apart means without cohabitation or sexual relations. 

What are the Grounds for Divorce in SC?

You can also file for divorce on fault-based grounds which will need to be proven in court. 

The grounds for a fault-based divorce include:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Physical abuse 
  • Regular substance abuse (drugs or alcohol)

Fault-based divorces usually take much longer than no-fault due to the necessity for court hearings. When contested, your case will need to be thoroughly prepared and argued before a judge. Your case will also be dependent on court schedules. 

Common Issues in Divorce

You and your spouse will need to resolve the issues related to your divorce, such as:

  • Alimony
  • Child support
  • Child custody and visitation
  • The division of marital property and debt

If you and your spouse can resolve these matters outside of court, you can have your marital settlement agreement written up and submitted to the court for approval. Where these issues remain contested, they will be decided by the judge after hearing evidence from both sides. Our firm will always try to resolve your divorce in the most amicable and efficient way possible, such as through negotiation or mediation. These methods keep you in control of the decisions as opposed to the rulings of a judge.

How is Property Divided in a South Carolina Divorce?

In South Carolina, property division in a divorce is made on the basis of equitable distribution. This means that all marital assets and debts are divided between the spouses based on what is fair and just, taking into consideration factors such as: 

  • Financial contributions of each spouse 
  • Duration of the marriage 
  • Age 
  • Occupation 
  • Health of each party

The court will also consider any advantages or disadvantages stemming from the division of property as well as any other relevant factor to determine an equitable distribution. All marital assets must be identified by both parties before they can be divided equitably.

Call Attorney Rhett Burney to Represent you in Your Greenville County Divorce Today

You can rely on the extensive experience, skills, and commitment of the Law Office of Rhett Burney to provide the counsel and guidance you need for the difficult transition of divorce. We are here to help you come through the process as painlessly as possible.

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