First things first, there is time spent filing for the divorce and time for the other spouse to respond.
In South Carolina, a divorce begins with the filing of a summons and complaint for divorce.
If the other spouse asserts a counterclaim, then the spouse who started the divorce as 30 days to respond to the counterclaim.
So, not accounting for the time it takes to draft the summons and complaint, deliver it to the clerk of court for filing, and to serve the other spouse, it can take approximately sixty days to allow for the answer to the complaint and an answer to any counterclaims.
Some divorces in South Carolina take months while other divorces can take over a year.