There are five grounds for divorce in South Carolina: one no-fault ground and four fault grounds, which are adultery, physical cruelty, habitual drunkenness and desertion. Divorce cases can also include other issues arising out of the marriage such as custody of children, child support, visitation, division of marital assets and debts, and alimony.
Habitual drunkenness divorce applies to a habitual use of alcohol or drugs, including abuse of prescription pain medications, that has led to the breakdown of the marriage.
Evidence can be presented in various forms such as records showing substance abuse treatment, records showing criminal conviction for possession/use of drugs and witness testimony. There is no waiting period to file for a habitual drunkenness divorce, but just as with adultery and physical cruelty, a hearing granting the divorce cannot be held sooner than 90 days after filing.