Charleston Divorce Lawyer

Do you need a Charleston divorce lawyer? Contact Shealey Law Firm. We are a trusted family law firm handling divorce claims in the Charleston, SC area. Call 803-590-3917 or message us for a consultation about your situation.

Divorce Lawyers Charleston, SC

Our divorce lawyers in Charleston, SC provide skilled legal assistance for men and women in divorce matters. The divorce process, and the results that you achieve, will greatly impact your future. Our Charleston divorce lawyers provide personalized legal representation.

We can assist if you are:

  • Considering filing for divorce
  • Preparing to file for divorce
  • Responding to a complaint
  • In the middle of the process
  • Needing representation in post-divorce matters

Contact us to discuss your case with a Charleston divorce lawyer and start today.

Cases We Handle

Divorce with minor children

When a divorce involves minor children, child custody, visitation and support are primary issues. You must also address the division of marital property and alimony. Our lawyers will identify the issues and create a customized case strategy.

Divorce without children

We handle divorce cases where the parties don’t have children together, or when children are grown. Let us ensure that your rights and interests are protected.

Contested and uncontested divorces

If your divorce is contested, we are prepared to aggressively represent your interests. If your divorce is uncontested, we ensure that your case process is complete and accurate, giving you peace of mind.

High asset and complex property distribution

In situations where the parties have significant assets, if there may be hidden assets, or when the marital estate is complex for any reason, our lawyers can help. We rely on the discovery process, appraisals, expert witnesses and other legal procedures. Let us investigate, build your case and advocate for justice.

Alimony and spousal support claims

An alimony award may be for a fixed term, modifiable or permanent. Our lawyers can give you honest advice about whether alimony is likely to be awarded and what you can do to help the court arrive at a fair decision. Adultery prohibits a party from receiving alimony.

Settlement, mediation and hearings

Our lawyers work to resolve each divorce case in the best interests of our clients. That may mean working towards a settlement and engaging in mediation. It may mean no compromises and aggressively presenting your case in court. We will build your case and guide you through the decision-making process.

Temporary orders for alimony and child support

The most common grounds for divorce in South Carolina is living separately for one year. You may wonder how to pay your expenses if you are a dependent spouse. We can help you request orders for separate maintenance and support, addressing any immediate issues.

Who we represent

Our Charleston divorce lawyers represent both men and women. Each situation is unique, and our lawyers are experienced and equipped to handle a wide variety of circumstances and situations. If you want to file for divorce, or if you need to respond to a complaint for divorce, we can provide professional representation.

Why have a divorce lawyer

Divorce is a time of change. You may wonder about the best way to approach the process and if you should have a divorce lawyer. Remember that the things decided in your divorce can be extremely consequential, impacting you for many years in the future. There are things that must be done from the first pleadings to protect your rights.

Hiring a Charleston divorce lawyer from Shealey Law Firm gives you an experienced professional representing your interests. We identify the issues that may be especially important to you. We ensure that procedural steps are handled in the right way, following court rules and using the legal process to your advantage. You can rely on us for professional representation and aggressive advocacy throughout the process.

To learn more about Shealey Law Firm and how our divorce lawyers can help you, contact us now for your consultation.

Consultation with a Charleston Divorce Lawyer

Contact Shealey Law Firm for a consultation with a Charleston divorce lawyer. We can provide immediate assistance, honest guidance and a personalized case plan. See why so many people rely on our skill and experience when they need legal representation.

Call 803-590-3917 or message us now to begin.

Charleston, SC Divorce FAQs

What is a divorce?

A divorce is termination of the legal marriage relationship. It resolves any issues and claims relating to the divorce including child custody, alimony and distribution of marital property.

How do you get divorced in South Carolina?

To get divorced in South Carolina, you must file a petition with the court. The parties may agree on the terms of the divorce and submit an order of divorce. There is a final hearing. If the parties can’t agree, the court holds hearings to rule on issues relating to the divorce.

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is a facilitated process to negotiate the terms of a divorce. The parties, and their attorneys, meet with a trained mediator to discuss possible settlement. The parties may agree to resolve some or all the issues through mediation. However, settlement is not required.

How long does it take to get divorced in South Carolina?

If the parties agree on the issues, divorce can take just a few months. When child custody, alimony or property issues are contested, divorce can take one year or more.

What are the grounds for divorce in South Carolina?

S.C. Code § 20-3-10 states the grounds for divorce in South Carolina, including:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion for one year or more
  • Physical cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Living separate and apart for at least one year

Most divorces are based on living separately and apart for at least one year. However, our lawyers will help you explore all possible grounds for divorce and determine the best course of action for your case.

Is mediation always required in a South Carolina divorce?

Mediation is usually required in South Carolina divorce cases. However, there are exceptions if your situation involves domestic violence, if a party is incarcerated or for other good cause. Mediation is not required if the issues are already fully resolved.


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