Get a Restraining Order in Norfolk County, MA

Protecting Your Safety in Newton, Boston & the Surrounding Areas

A restraining order limits contact between an abuser and victim. In divorce cases, however, it is not uncommon for an individual to be falsely accused of abuse and for a 209A restraining order to be filed under wrongful pretense. When domestic violence is alleged, it can give the other party a leg up in a divorce, custody, or alimony disputes.

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How to Obtain a Restraining Order

To obtain a restraining order, you will have to go to court and ask a judge to issue one. Usually, he or she will issue a 10-day restraining order. The defendant will then be notified to appear before the court where it will be determined whether the order should be extended to a year. If someone violates a restraining order against them, it is a criminal offense and they can be arrested.

Types of Restraining Orders in Massachusetts

  • An abuse prevention order: This is given to an individual who is or has been married (or who has a necessary relationship with a significant other or family member) and can demonstrate that the accused has harmed or attempted to harm them. This can include threats of harm or forced sexual contact.
  • A harassment prevention order: This is given to individuals who do not have the necessary relationship with the abuser to request an abuse prevention order. You can request protection in this way against someone who has committed three or more acts of cruelty, abuse, or damage to property.

Speak with our experienced Newton restraining order lawyer today by calling (781) 995-0107.

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