South Carolina Divorce Lawyer and Family Law

J.R. Battles understands that you and your children may be seriously impacted by conflict created during your divorce. Conflict also increases your legal fees. So, J.R. Battles suggests strategies to reduce conflict, promote cooperative agreements and create sound out of court resolutions. When the issues can only be resolved through litigation, he handles matters in a professional, dignified manner. J.R. believes the rights and responsibilities associated with family relationships are among the most sacred in both our society and our personal lives.

Divorce is not just a Legal Process, It is an Emotional Human Experience.

The rights and responsibilities related to our family relationships are among the most sacred in both our society and in our personal lives. Respecting that fact, our mission as a firm is rooted in two equally important driving goals:

  •  To deliver successful legal results for our clients
  • To provide compassionate, attentive, and personalized client service throughout the case

Comprehensive SC Divorce Representation

J.R. Battles has represented thousands of clients in divorce proceedings. This includes negotiation, mediation and/or litigation of all the issues that may arise in a divorce case, such as property division, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, etc. He is well equipped to handle all divorce matters, whether they are straightforward or complex, amicable or contested.

Every Divorce Case is Unique, and so is J.R. Battle’s Approach.

Every divorce case requires a distribution of property and debt, establishing a parenting plan and child support if there are children, provisions for other common issues found in most divorces, and entry of a divorce decree which legally ends the marriage. Nevertheless, every divorce is as unique as the individuals and circumstances of each case.

The unique circumstances of each case always gives rise to other laws that intersect with or impact a divorce case, such as laws related to tax, real estate, ERISA, military retirement and benefits, intellectual property rights, executive compensation, privately held businesses, wills and trusts, criminal law, domestic violence, and international treaties—just to name a few.

As a family man and military veteran, J.R. Battles understands where family law and other laws intersect, and has developed proficiency in specific types of divorce cases—cases in which unique laws and facts arise within the divorce case itself and can be pivotal to the outcome.

Some of these unique types of divorce cases include:

Complex Property and Debt Distribution Issues

This includes cases involving community or separate property interests in family businesses, privately held companies, partnerships, stock options and other executive compensation arrangements, professional practices, unique investment vehicles, collectibles, spousal support (alimony payments), and debt division.

Contested Child Custody

Divorces and relocation cases involving child custody disputes can be complex and difficult, often times involving court appointed professionals or investigators whose findings and opinions can significantly impact the case—for good or bad, right or wrong. Once set in motion, the findings and orders entered by the court can be very difficult to reverse or change in the future. Many of our attorneys are proficient in representing clients in contested child custody matters, and are dedicated to the protection of mothers’ and fathers’ rights.

Gray Divorce

We can address the unique issues that arise when one or both parties in a divorce are over the age of 50.

Military Divorce

This includes addressing military retirement benefits and processing service for deployed military personnel.

International Divorce

J.R. Battles can handle divorces that include unique challenges in identifying, valuing, and distributing community and separate property located in countries outside of the US, as well as international treaties that govern child custody determinations, collection of child support, and enforcement of judgments.

Divorce Resolved Through Alternative Dispute Resolution

Most divorce cases are settled out of court using a form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, arbitration, collaborative divorce, or cooperative divorce. All forms require successful negotiation skills and strategy. In representing clients, J.R. Battles negotiates from a position of strength, which has proven to be the most successful negotiation strategy.

High Conflict Divorce Litigation

Most divorce cases are resolved by agreement between the parties. But some are not. For high conflict cases or cases that go to trial, it is critical you rely on an experienced, proven divorce litigator like J.R. Battles.

Free Divorce Consultation

You Have Questions. J.R. Battles has Answers

Free Divorce ConsultationThe first step for most people who are thinking about divorce is to get answers to questions. J.R. Battles is here to answer them. For your convenience, he offers consultation appointments in his Columbia office, or by teleconference.

Your Financial Security and Family’s Long-Term Well Being Are the Top Priorities.

J.R. Battles handles divorce cases in Columbia, Cayce, Irmo, Lexington, West Columbia, and other areas in South Carolina. He can help you with all other family law matters including:

  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Co-Habitation Agreements
  • Mediation of family law matters
  • Modification of Existing Parenting Plans and Child Support Orders
  • Step Parent/Blended Family Counseling