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  • Requirements for a 209A Restraining Order: Objectively Reasonable Fear and Imminence of Harm
    Requirements for a 209A Restraining Order: Objectively Reasonable Fear and Imminence of Harm

    Attorney James M. Lynch reviews examines the requirements of objectively reasonable fear and imminent harm in Massachusetts restraining orders. Restraining orders occupy a very tricky place in ...

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  • Switching 209A Order to Harassment Protection Order Violates Due Process
    Switching 209A Order to Harassment Protection Order Violates Due Process

    Attorney Kimberley Keyes reviews a recent Appeals Court decision that a judge may not change a 209A restraining order to a 258E harassment prevention order without notice to the defendant. A recent ...

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  • 209A Restraining Orders Can Be Abused
    209A Restraining Orders Can Be Abused

    Family law attorney Nicole K. Levy reviews how 209A restraining orders can be falsely obtained through exaggerated or false claims of abuse. Few would question that restraining orders are critically ...

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  • Extending Emergency 209A Domestic Restraining Orders
    Extending Emergency 209A Domestic Restraining Orders

    Attorney James M. Lynch reviews extension hearings for 209A restraining orders that are issued on emergency basis. In last week’s blog , we discussed how restraining orders are issued in the first ...

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  • Understanding the 209A Restraining Order Process
    Understanding the 209A Restraining Order Process

    Attorney James M. Lynch reviews the issuance process for 209A abuse protection order in Massachusetts District Courts and Probate and Family Courts. In 1978, the Massachusetts Legislature first ...

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  • Domestic Restraining Orders: Traps for Unwary Parents
    Domestic Restraining Orders: Traps for Unwary Parents

    Massachusetts lawyer James M. Lynch reviews how Abuse Prevention Orders can affect unwary parents. The standard domestic Abuse Prevention Order issued by the Trial Courts in Massachusetts under G.L.c. ...

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