Can I live with someone romantically if separated for 2 years but not legally divorced?

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Can I live with someone romantically if separated for 2 years but not legally divorced?

I have been separated for a little more than 2 years from my ex, but due to cost, we have not been able to get legally divorced.I am currently looking into what I maybe able to do when wanting to move

in/live with someone in a romantic manner without having to worry about my ex trying to claim adultery and take me to court over that situation. We have had separate addresses for 2 years and have been filing single on our taxes for 2 years as well. I do know that my state does not acknowledge

Asked on December 4, 2017 under Family Law, South Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you can not afford a full fledged divorce in South Carolina, can you go before a Family Court Judge and get what is called an Order of Separation and Maintenance?  Generally Family Court is a place for pro-se litigants to do things on your own.  If your husband agrees then go together and ask the court to issue the order, which will have the same effect as a legal separation.  Good luck. 


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