Court of Appeals of South Carolina
766 S.E.2d 870 (S.C. Ct. App. 2014)
Coleen Mick-Skaggs (plaintiff) and William Skaggs (defendant) were married. Coleen and William separated, and Coleen filed a petition for divorce based on William’s adultery. William counterclaimed for divorce based on Coleen’s adultery. William also added a claim for no-fault divorce based on one year of continuous separation. William presented the testimony of a friend who had seen Coleen at a bar with another man and had watched the man go into Coleen’s house at the end of the night. This evidence was corroborated by another person and by subsequent text messages from Coleen’s phone. Coleen presented the testimony of a person who had witnessed William out with another woman, as well as the testimony of a private investigator who had seen William alone with another woman in William’s home at least five times. The family court denied each party’s claim for divorce based on adultery, but granted William’s claim for no-fault divorce based on one year of continuous separation. Coleen appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Williams, J.)
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