South Carolina Alimony / Spousal Support

South Carolina alimony, also referred to as spousal support is construed as payments for the support or maintenance of either the husband or the wife., by court order or through agreement of the parties.

South Carolina spousal support is intended to preserve the economic status of both parties, as it existed during the marriage.

Marital misconduct is a factor in determining an award for spousal support in the state of South Carolina.

Types of Alimony Awarded in South Carolina

Alimony and separate maintenance and support awards may be granted pendente lite and permanently in such amounts and for periods of time subject to conditions as the court considers just including, but not limited to:

Spousal support or maintenance in South Carolina can be awarded based on these factors:

Modification of Alimony in South Carolina

In South Carolina, the courts can modify any alimony award under certain circumstances. According to South Carolina Code, Section 20-3-170 alimony modifications are possible if the paying party experiences a change in financial ability or circumstances. In such a situation, either party may apply for a decrease of increase in the amount of spousal support as well as terminating the payments.

Termination of Alimony in South Carolina

Alimony terminates in South Carolina if either spouse dies, or the continued cohabitation of the supported spouse

South Carolina statutes regarding alimony can be found here: South Carolina TITLE 15 Domestic Relations CHAPTER 15-5 Divorce and Separation.

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