Divorce Lawyer

Providing expert advice and guidance for divorce litigation in Anderson, South Carolina

At the Stoddard Law Firm we have expertise in divorce law for South Carolina, and we will make sure you have everything you need going into your divorce. If you would like even further information about divorce in South Carolina you can call this toll free number: 888.259.6284 ext. 1200 to receive a free copy of The Ultimate South Carolina Family Court Guide, which includes helpful information about divorce in South Carolina such as:

  • 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Family Court
  • How to Find the Right Attorney for Family Court
  • I Want Out. What Should I Do First?
  • How the Court Determines Child Custody, Divides Property, Computes Child Support and more
    • Are you thinking about getting a divorce?
    • Do you know how to protect your children during divorce proceedings?
    • Are you prepared to begin your divorce but don't know where to start?

Stoddard Law Firm can help. We know that going through a divorce can be difficult, and with Attorney Stoddard on your side, you will be prepared for each proceeding with helpful and honest information. A divorce can be difficult both emotionally and financially and we want to make it as easy for you as possible.

Anderson Country Divorce Lawyer

Anderson Country Divorce Lawyer

At Stoddard Law Firm, we care about you and your family and offer thoughtful and knowledgeable information for you throughout your ordeal. A trusted divorce lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, David Stoddard can help you with all aspects of your divorce proceedings including:

  • Alimony
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Property division
  • Adoption
  • Grandparents' rights

David Stoddard represents clients in all phases of divorce, from filing for divorce to litigating your case in court. If you need immediate advice about divorce, please call The David F. Stoddard Law Firm today at (864) 375-0000. We can protect your interests and the interests of your family when we represent you in court during your divorce.

Providing guidance throughout the divorce process

The decision of whether or not to file for divorce is entirely up to you. If you decide that you want to start your divorce proceedings then we will make sure you fully understand the divorce process before filing. The Stoddard Law Firm will educate you and your loved ones about the impact your divorce may have on:

  • Children
  • Finances
  • Mortgage payments
  • Place of residence

Frequently asked questions about divorce

For your convenience, Attorney Stoddard has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about divorce.

How much will my divorce cost?
Lawyer Stoddard handles uncontested divorces for $1,050, which includes court costs. However, every contested divorce presents its own unique set of circumstances and challenges.

How long does the divorce process take?
Sometimes during a divorce there can be contested issues and coming to an agreement may prolong the overall process. Once all of the divorce terms have been agreed upon and the papers have been filed, you will receive a final decree of divorce after the mandatory 90-day waiting period.

What are the grounds for divorce in South Carolina?
  • Adultery
  • Physical cruelty (domestic violence)
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Habitual use of drugs
  • Living separate and apart for 1 year
Unfortunately, emotional abuse is not a ground for divorce. If you do not have grounds for divorce, other options are available to you.

What can I do if I have no grounds for a divorce?
Where you have no grounds for divorce, you may be able to end the marriage through an action for Separate Maintenance and Support, sometimes called an action for legal separation. These actions address the full range of divorce issues - child custody, visitation, property and debt division, child support, family support, alimony and lawyer's fees. In this action, you can have the court rule on all the issues listed above and decide those issues with finality. Once those issues have been decided by the court, whether by agreement of the parties or as the result of a contested trial, those issues are res judicata, a legal term meaning that the issues cannot be re-litigated.
The only remaining issue would be the divorce itself, which either party could obtain after the parties have been separated for one year. For the separation to be valid, you and your spouse must live in separate residences for a full year - sleeping in separate rooms does not amount to legal separation. An order of Separate Maintenance and Support also offers many advantages for people who want to be divorced. It allows them to settle issues without having to wait a year before you can even begin the action. Also, after the order is issued, adultery is no longer a ground for divorce.

How does the court determine child custody?
In South Carolina, the family court determines custody based on the best interest of the child. This approach focuses on what is best for the children, not the desires of the parents. However, if the parties can agree on custody and visitation, in almost every case the court will go along with the agreement.

Custody agreements must be approved by the court before they are enforceable. Thus, private custody agreements or powers of attorney for custody cannot be enforced until they are brought before the court and incorporated into a court order. If the parties cannot agree on custody and visitation, the court determines the best interest of the child or children based on evidence presented by the parties.

If you need an experienced trial lawyer, call The David F. Stoddard Law Firm at (864) 375-0000, or contact the firm online to schedule a free initial consultation for any of our legal areas of practice. The Stoddard Law Firm serves areas in and around Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg.