Legislator proposes shortening wait for divorce
A proposed amendment to the S.C. Constitution would allow couples to divorce after 150 days of separation, rather than one year.
State Rep. Walt McLeod, D-Newberry, says he proposed the change for couples seeking a no-fault divorce after a constituent told him the year-long wait extended his parents’ bickering and the pain that causes children.
McLeod, 74, told a House panel Thursday that South Carolina is out of sync with other states, including Georgia, which set no time requirement. However, one spouse has to be a Georgia resident for at least six months.
Debate was postponed so the panel could hear from representatives of the S.C. Baptist Convention and Palmetto Family Council.
South Carolina was among the last states nationwide to allow divorce in 1949.