South Carolina does not have a proceeding called legal separation
. Spouses are legally separated when they establish separate residences. There is something called "An Action for Separate Support and Maintenance," which is similar. Note that this is NOT a stepping stone on the path to divorce
. If you later decide you want to be divorced so you can remarry, you have to file an action for divorce. You don't have to file an Action for Separate Support and Maintenance first, but some couples use it to protect themselves and establish child custody
during the one-year separation period required before you can seek a no-fault divorce.
If that's what you're looking to do, yes, you can file. This site has forms you can use.
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