The laws and public policy of South Carolina favor marriage and discourage divorce.
We concur in that policy. If married people can resolve their differences and resume their
marriage, then they are encouraged to do so. Also, we recognize reconciliation is often
impossible or would be detrimental to our client.
If the parties in a divorce case reconcile or make up, then each is considered to have forgiven or condoned any past misconduct of the other. This means that the past conduct can no longer, except in limited cases, be presented to the court.
Some lawyers will advise a client guilty of misconduct to seek a reconciliation and condonation to avoid a poor result in court or to nullify a written agreement. We do not.
The only legitimate reason to reconcile is that two married people want to make their marriage succeed.
If you and your spouse honestly want to reconcile, have your lawyers take steps to protect the rights of each of you if your marriage fails. The innocent spouse needs a reconciliation agreement approved by the court before the case is dismissed.