How long do I have to live in South Carolina to get a divorce here? South Carolina family courts to have jurisdiction if one of the following is true: The plaintiff must have resided in South Carolina for at least one year prior to filing. If the Plaintiff is not a resident, then the Defendant must have resided in South Carolina for a least one year prior to filing. When both parties are residents of South Carolina when filing, the plaintiff must have resided in South Carolina for three months before filing. See SECTION 20-3-30. Residence requirement. By matthew|2019-12-03T12:31:32+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappTumblrPinterestVkEmail About the Author: matthew Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.