No one should have to fear for their safety. Unfortunately, there are times when other individuals fail to behave rationally. Unfortunately, such individuals may include your spouse, former significant others, or relatives. Fortunately, Massachusetts law provides protection from those who are in fear of violence, stalking, or harassment. It is important that you retain an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters. Our Boston restraining order lawyers assist those who are facing threats of violence or harassment. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Cambridge, Salem, Dedham, Worcester, and other areas.
Experienced attorneys assisting Boston residents who require a protective order or restraining order
Massachusetts will grant a restraining order to someone when they can establish a credible fear for their safety. A restraining order (which is sometimes referred to as a “209A restraining order” or a “protective order”) will be issued when a victim can establish that they have reason to fear harm or violence or if they can establish that they are being stalked and/or harassed. The Probate and Family Court will hear restraining order cases in which the accused party is a spouse, a current or former significant other, some other relative, or someone which the victim has lived with at some point. It cannot be stressed enough that one should seek court intervention immediately if they are afraid for their safety.
The first step in obtaining a restraining order is to file a Complaint for Protection from Abuse with the Court. The Complaint must state the reasons for which protection is being sought in the Affidavit. It is important that the Complaint include specific instances of inappropriate conduct and any available evidence (such as photos, phone records, etc.) which provides evidence of those instances. The Court can take multiple courses of action after the Complaint has been filed. First, the Judge may issue the restraining order on a temporary basis and schedule a hearing, to be held shortly thereafter, to determine whether the restraining order should be extended or dismissed. Second, the Judge may decline to immediately issue a temporary order while still scheduling a hearing to determine if one should be issued. Finally, the Court may outright deny the request for restraining order. Retaining a lawyer to assist you with this process can help to ensure that your interests are fully protected.
Our Boston family law attorneys have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience and they are ready to assist you. We will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you understand whether you have a legitimate case for a protective order. We will file your Petition as quickly as possible and will present all available evidence to the Court. Our counsel will attend all required hearings and will make sure that the Court fully understands your situation. We fully understand the seriousness of the situation which you are facing. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.
Boston lawyers assisting with other matters typically associated with restraining orders
Requests for restraining orders often arise in the context of other family law proceedings. Cases involving divorce, child custody disputes, and other such situations often give rise to tension and irrational behavior by one of the parties. We will assist you with all aspects of your case and will be in regular communication with you while doing so. This includes promptly responding to messages and making ourselves available to answer your questions. Call our office today to speak an attorney.
Our Boston lawyers also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.