Separate Maintenance Agreement South Carolina
In South Carolina, the only way to get an innocent divorce is to live apart for a year. Separate life occurs when spouses live in two different places. Living in different rooms in the same house is not considered a separate dwelling. Spouses do not need a separate order of sustenance and support to live apart, but it can help spouses protect their financial interests and resolve issues of access and custody during the period of separation. This is not the same as being “separated”, because legal separation in South Carolina does not technically exist (see question on legal separation). The parties do not need to have this order to satisfy the one-year separation requirement for an innocent divorce in South Carolina.