Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders in Columbia, SC

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Seeking a restraining order can be a stressful situation where a person may have reason to fear for their safety. A restraining order is intended to keep one party from harassing or contacting another and residents of South Carolina have two types of restraining orders available to them. When the unwelcome individual is a household or family member, it is known as an order of protection. Otherwise, legal action falls under the category of restraining order.

At Masella Law Firm, P.A., our Columbia family law attorneys have 21 years of experience and are highly knowledgeable regarding all aspects of restraining orders and orders of protection. If you need an order of protection, restraining order, or if someone is seeking an order against you, contact us immediately to discuss your options.

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What Is a Restraining Order?

Restraining orders are issued against an individual in cases of harassment or stalking. Harassment refers to a pattern of more than two instances of unwanted communication or intrusion into the personal or professional life of another individual. Stalking occurs when a person has reason to fear for their immediate safety or the safety of those closest to them due to unwanted attention.

A restraining order can legally restrict unwanted individuals from:

  • Abusing or threatening you or members of your family.
  • Entering or attempting to enter your home, work, or other related location.
  • Communicate with or attempt to communicate with you through mail or by phone.

In order to secure a restraining order, a person must be able to prove to a judge that two separate instances of harassment or stalking occurred. Violating a restraining order is a criminal offense and can be punishable by incarceration and steep fines.

What is an Order of Protection?

An order of protection is a type of restraining order that pertains specifically to family and household members. People who fall into these categories can include current or former spouses, individuals who share custody of a child, and partners who share a living space.

In addition to the protections granted from a restraining order, an order of protection may additionally assign temporary control over:

  • Custody of shared dependents
  • Ownership of shared personal property
  • Use of shared living spaces

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Selecting an attorney you can trust is a vital step in any successful legal matter. At Masella Law firm we are intimately familiar with both restraining orders and orders of protection and our firm will work tirelessly to provide the highest quality client service. We can take you through the legal process every step of the way to ensure no factor is overlooked. Speak with a Columbia family lawyer from our firm and find out how we can help you today!

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