Domestic Violence

Columbia Domestic Violence Lawyer

Domestic Violence Orders of Protection in Columbia

According to the South Carolina Attorney General, approximately 36,000 people-men and women alike-report being the victims of domestic violence every year. The courts in Columbia take allegations of domestic violence seriously, and are prepared to take swift action to protect the victims and punish the offenders. If you have been subjected to any type of physical violence or sexual abuse on the part of a spouse, partner or other household member, a Columbia divorce attorney from Masella Law Firm, P.A. is ready to help you bring a petition to court to secure an order of protection. This type of restraining order can not only prohibit the abuser from continuing to harass or intimidate you, but can also give you child custody and child support, as well as providing you with spousal support/alimony and even temporary possession of the home-even if your name is not on the lease or the title. Don't delay contacting our Columbia divorce lawyer for help. We have extensive courtroom experience and a background in criminal prosecution, and are ready to help you assert your legal right to peace and security from abuse.

Domestic Violence Allegations in Divorce

While many domestic violence cases go to the courts after someone-the victim or a neighbor perhaps-has called the police to complain of a specific incident, others are not addressed until the beginning of the divorce process. If you have decided that you will no longer put up with the mistreatment in your home and are planning to divorce, we will assist you in gathering the necessary physical evidence and witness testimony to prove your allegations and to ensure that the abuser is prohibited from interfering with you or your children. Physical cruelty is one of the grounds for divorce in our state, so you will be able to file without the necessity of living separate for a year.

Unfortunately, there are many cases on record where false allegations of domestic violence are leveled in an attempt to gain the upper hand in a divorce. If you have been accused of any type of abuse or violence against your spouse or children, you need dedicated legal representation to help you clear your name and avoid being deprived of your rights to custody and visitation. Bring the case to us so that we can fight for you!

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