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Alimony Guide - Spousal Support Laws

South Carolina | Domestic Violence and Military Deployment


  • § 63-5-920

Official Law Text

			    			An existing order establishing the terms of custody or visitation in place at the time a military parent is called to military service may be temporarily modified to make reasonable accommodation for the parties because of the military parent's service.

South Carolina | Relocation Because of Domestic Violence


  • § 63-15-40

South Carolina | Domestic Violence Mandatory Training For Judges


  • § 16-25-100

Official Law Text

		    			Magistrates, municipal court judges, family court judges, and circuit court judges shall receive continuing legal education on issues concerning domestic violence. The frequency and content of the continuing legal education is to be determined by the South Carolina Court Administration at the direction of the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

South Carolina | Domestic Violence Mediation


  • § 63-3-530 ADR Rule 20

Can court mandate mediation in custody cases?

			    			Yes. All contested issues in domestic relations actions filed in family court are subject to court-ordered mediation under these rules unless the parties agree to conduct an arbitration.

Who can mediate?

			    			An approved training program for mediators in the Family Court shall consist of a minimum of forty (40) hours of instruction, unless otherwise provided by these rules. The curriculum of such programs shall at a minimum include, among other training, specific training regarding domestic violence.

South Carolina | Domestic Violence Primary Aggressor


  • § 16-25-70

Official Law Text

		    			If a law enforcement officer receives conflicting complaints of domestic or family violence from two or more household members involving an incident of domestic or family violence, the officer shall evaluate each complaint separately to determine who was the primary aggressor. If the officer determines that one person was the primary physical aggressor, the officer must not arrest the other person accused of having committed domestic or family violence. In determining whether a person is the primary aggressor, the officer must consider: (1) prior complaints of domestic or family violence; (2) the relative severity of the injuries inflicted on each person taking into account injuries alleged which may not be easily visible at the time of the investigation; (3) the likelihood of future injury to each person; (4) whether one of the persons acted in self-defense; and (5) household member accounts regarding the history of domestic violence.

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