If you or someone you know are experiencing abuse, consider contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or utilizing this list of domestic violence resources in South Carolina to find help near you. Stay safe.
If you're suffering from domestic violence or another unsafe situation, obtaining a restraining order could enable you to receive the legal and physical protection you deserve. Our Greenville restraining order attorneys can help you navigate the process and get the security you deserve.
To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced domestic violence attorneys, contact us online or via phone at (704) 286-0570.
Types of Restraining Orders in South Carolina
If an individual with any of the following relationships to you:
- A current or former spouse;
- A co-parent; or
- An individual you live with or lived with;
Carries out any of the following acts against you:
- Physically hurts or threatens to hurt you;
- Injures you;
- Assaults you;
- Commits a sex crime against you;
You can file for a restraining order against that individual.
In South Carolina, there are two kinds of protective orders that survivors/victims of abuse can obtain:
- Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs); and
- Permanent Protective Orders (PPOs).
You can obtain a TPO without the abuser present. To do so, you can file a petition for a protective order at a county court in the county you live in, the county you are taking shelter in, the county where the abuser lives, or the county where the abuse took place.
After you file your petition, a judge will hold a hearing for your case within 24 hours. If the judge believes you are in imminent danger of suffering from further abuse, they can choose to issue a TPO to protect you until the court can hold an official hearing and decide whether a PPO is necessary.
After receiving a TPO, the judge will set a date for a formal hearing the alleged abuser will also attend. if the judge determines that the alleged abuser is guilty of abuse, you will receive a PPO. While TPOs generally last for 15 days or until the court can hold an official hearing, PPOs can last for six months to a year, and you can request an extension for your PPO.
What Will a Protective Order Do for Me?
A TPO can:
- Order the alleged abuser to evacuate a residence you share with them and remain a certain distance away from you;
- Order them not to communicate with you.
In addition to those protections, a PPO can:
- Award you custody of children you share with the abuser;
- Require your abuser to cover your court costs;
- Order your abuser to provide financial support for you or your child;
- Grant you possession of a residence you share with the abuser;
- Give you possession of pets and personal property you shared with the abuser;
- Order the abuser to give up possession of firearms they own;
- Allow you to obtain help from law enforcement professionals to enforce the terms of the order.
At Blood Law, PLLC, our Greenville domestic violence lawyers can help you obtain a protective order that will keep you safe.
To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (704) 286-0570.
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