Easley, SC asked in Family Law for South Carolina

Q: My husband drinks everyday and is very mentally abusive. We have a 16,10, and 7 year old kids. How do i make him leave.

He tries to manipulate the kids to think bad about me. I've asked him to leave because I can't afford to move but he can. The kids get scared when he starts hollering at me and cussing. Its very unhealthy for everyone, but he want leave.

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Cheryl Ann Truesdale

Answered
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: You can file for an Order of Protection through the family court in your county. The Order of Protection forms can be obtained from the clerk of court's office at family court and the court can provide the contact information for a couple of agencies that can help you fill out the form. An Order of Protection can provide the following relief for six months to a year: removing your husband from the home, custody of the children to you, child support from him and a restraining order against him harassing, threatening or harming you and from coming around your home. Because an Order of Protection has a finite lifespan, you will need to retain a lawyer and file for divorce within that lifespan to continue the protections of the Order.

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