I have submitted the papers last March 2012. Will I get a date on March 2013 or does it take more time than that?
The court will not schedule a hearing until one of the parties asks for a hearing by filing a request on a special form.
Your case is not ready for a final hearing until after you have been separated for a full year, without any intervening cohabitation. Additionally, if you do file a request for hearing and go before a judge before all the paperwork is in order, he or she is going to send you back to finish your homework before you show up again.
The forms for self represented litigants are on the S.C. Supreme Court web site, which I will link below. Pay special attention to the very first form, called Plaintiff Instructions. You must follow every instruction on that form, exactly, in order for your case to be ready for hearing. After you are sure your case is ready, then see the form, also on that site, called Request for Hearing. If you have completed every task in the instructions that is needed to get your case ready, then that would be the form you need.
Here is the site: http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/forms/indexSRLdivorcepacket.cfm
If in doubt, you may wish to take your papers to an attorney for a consultation and ask them to look them over and make sure all the procedure has been done properly.
This is general feedback only, it is not legal advice and does not create an attorney client relationship.
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Ms. Skinner is absolutely correct. In my experience, folks who are using the "self-help" forms and instructions are still experiencing difficulties. I have met with several clients who attempted to do things themselves only to find themselves kicked back, repeatedly, by the court based on technicalities and improper procedures that are too numerous to cover here. So, if you can afford a lawyer to walk you through it, you may find it is money well spent. If you cannot, do not be surprised if you have to appear in court more than once to get it all done right.
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