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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing What Form 843 Spouse

Instructions and Help about What Form 843 Spouse

Hello, I'm Frank Hartman with the Hartman Law Firm, and I'm a practicing attorney in Charleston, South Carolina. I specialize in auto accidents and personal injury. Today, we're going to answer the question: how can you get a divorce without a lawyer in the state of South Carolina? This process is called getting a divorce "pro se," which is a Latin term that essentially means moving forward on your own, without legal representation. The first thing that I would encourage you to do is to go to s-seebar.org, which is the website for the South Carolina Bar Association. This website is for the Association that governs lawyers in the state of South Carolina. If you look in the lower left-hand corner of the website, you'll see that there's a packet specifically for people who want to move forward and get a divorce pro se. The basis that you'll be moving forward under South Carolina law is living separate and apart for one calendar year. What I mean by that is that both the husband and the wife are going to have to live separate and apart. Somebody's going to have to get an apartment and they're going to have to move out of the marital home. They're going to have to establish that they're no longer residing with one another, and they're going to have to be able to prove that with an independent witness in court, that they have lived separate and apart for more than one year. The reason being is South Carolina, as a state, wants to encourage people to remain married and they want to give them a cooling-off period and some time to think about whether they actually want to move forward and get a divorce or not. So that's why you actually have to wait a...