Columbia Divorce Attorneys

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Professional and Experienced Divorce Services

When going through a divorce, it is important to hire an attorney who is sympathetic to your situation, yet clear headed in handling the details. Since its founding in 2012, the Law Offices of Shea & Barron provides representation for clients throughout South Carolina. Our Columbia divorce attorneys strive to provide the straightforward advice you need to make informed decisions that balance your immediate and future interests.

Divorce Settlement Attorneys

Our firm maintains a reputation for providing the negotiation one needs when going through any separation or divorce. We regularly receive referrals from other attorneys and former clients to handle complex cases regarding property division, child custody and other family law issues.

We have significant experienced handling complex marital property division. We take a comprehensive approach, reviewing all the assets and taking any prenuptial agreements into account. Our attorneys work personally with each client to develop an effective strategy that protects his or her best interests.

We understand that each case, like each family, is unique. We examine all the individual issues, such as visitation rights and spousal support obligations, to determine the best possible course of action. We apply our problem-solving skills to help clients maintain realistic goals regarding their futures.

Pursuing All Options

As a certified family court mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court, attorney David C. Shea uses his training to help families achieve amicable resolutions through mediation, wherever possible. If no equitable settlement can be obtained, he uses that same training to protect our clients’ rights and interests in court.

We also provide services for clients wishing to obtain a modification or enforcement of an existing agreement. We apply the same principles of dedication, preparation and personalized attention our clients deserve to obtain the best possible result.

Our firm also has extensive experience appealing unfair divorce settlements before the South Carolina Family Court of Appeals.

Contact Us Today

We invite potential clients to meet with our lawyers and discuss their individual situations and particular needs. Call our office during normal business hours at (803) 779-3099. You may also contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments by request only. We accept all major credit cards. Our services are typically billed at an hourly rate.

Practice Areas Related to Divorce

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Below are questions frequently asked by people in need of a divorce attorney. The section below is not intended as legal advice; consultation with an attorney on the client’s unique set of facts is necessary because the law is constantly evolving and changing. Each case in family court is different, and advice from friends or family, though well-meaning, might not be applicable to your situation and sometimes might even be harmful to your case.

What are the grounds for divorce in South Carolina?

There are five grounds for divorce in South Carolina, including four “fault grounds.” The fault grounds are:
Adultery
Physical cruelty
Habitual alcohol or drug abuse
Desertion
Many people also obtain a divorce on the “no-fault” ground of living separate and apart for more than one year without cohabitation.

What are the issues in a typical divorce case?

Six areas need to be resolved in a typical divorce case:
1. Grounds for the divorce;
2. Child custody and visitation;
3. Child support;
4. Division of marital property and debts;
5. Alimony (entitlement, amount, and duration); and
6. Attorney fees.

How much will my divorce cost?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to say. The cost depends on a number of factors:
1. The number of contested issues;
2. The amount of discovery necessary, including depositions;
3. Whether any unusual legal issues exist; or
4. Various other factors.
Also, expenses other than attorney fees include, such as process servers, private investigators, mediators, and Guardians ad Litem. In order to prevail in complex cases, it may be necessary to hire a forensic CPA, vocational experts, psychological experts, or other professionals.

Do I have to live apart from my spouse for a year before I can start proceedings?

No. This is a common misconception. It is possible to file for an Order of Separate Maintenance and Support and resolve all of the other issues except that of divorce.