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Divorce can include some unexpected surprises

In the vast majority of situations, the decision to marry is more or less straightforward with the biggest decisions possibly involving wedding plans. When it comes to divorce, though, there may be many surprises for the parties involved. South Carolina residents have state laws to abide by, but along with these guidelines, there are elements that many may not have anticipated.

Family law professionals shared some of the unexpected aspects that accompany the typical divorce filing. One of the first surprises may be that the process is much longer than the parties may have realized. Some states, including South Carolina, require a separation period before one can even petition for divorce. Along with that waiting period, the entire process may take months as hearings and discovery time are subject to scheduling delays. In addition to the length of time it takes to divorce, there is likely copious amounts of paperwork that will need to be completed.

Another surprise may be the actions of the other spouse who may attempt to conceal assets or move out of state with minor children. While there are rules against such actions, it may take time to resolve the issues. Many parents may be overwhelmed by the increased responsibilities they face as a single parent. Activities and chores that were once shared become the responsibility of the parent in charge at the time. Furthermore, parents will have to adhere to the agreed-upon parenting plan.

Surprisingly, there is no winner in a divorce. If both parties feel a bit dissatisfied with the outcome, the court may have made the best decisions for the particular circumstances. Once the divorce is granted, it may surprise the former spouses that animosity remains, in spite of the fact that both parties may have wanted the dissolution. South Carolina residents who are preparing to divorce may seek more information from an experienced attorney who can guide them throughout the process.

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