Domestic Violence / Restraining Orders
Restraining and Harassment Prevention Orders
Massachusetts restraining orders are a complex area of the law that is intended to protect one family or household member from imminent physical harm of another family or household member. A restraining order is frequently referred to as a 209(a) or protective order in Massachusetts.
If you are dealing with a domestic violence situation, a restraining order may be the only way to protect yourself from an abuser.
Massachusetts Restraining Order FAQ
1. How do I get a restraining order?
You can obtain a restraining order the following ways:
- Go to the police station or court and file a Complaint for a Restraining Order and Affidavit. The affidavit should contain a detailed account of an incident or series of incidents that require a restraining order. The police will assist you with the process; or
- Go to local District Court or Probate and Family Court and request a restraining order. You will go in front of a judge and explain why you are in imminent fear of physical harm. The judge will determine the validity of the complaint and decided whether or not to issue a temporary restraining order.
2. What happens at a restraining order hearing?
A restraining order hearing is an evidentiary hearing. This means that the parties will need to comply with the Massachusetts Rules of Evidence during the hearing. Each party will have the opportunity to testify and to cross examine the other witness.
3. Can your office represent me at the hearing?
We represent clients in Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex county that are involved in the restraining order process. If you are looking for a Boston area attorney knowledgeable in Restraining Orders, call me at 617-410-6467 to get the help that you need today.