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Legal Information: South Carolina

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 8, 2020

How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?

There is no fee for filing a petition for an order for protection from domestic violence.1

You do not need a lawyer to file for a restraining order, but it is better to have one if you can. If the abuser has an attorney, you should try to get one also.

In many places, local domestic violence agencies or sexual assault programs and/or court clerk’s offices can help you file for a order of protection. You will find a list of agencies that might be able to help you on the SC Places that Help page.

If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.

1 S.C. Code § 20-4-65