What are Grounds for a Restraining Order in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts has strict laws regarding restraining orders. If you have been served with a restraining order in Massachusetts, you must seek the assistance of a reputable Massachusetts attorney to defend you. Our expert attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. will give you the assistance you need to file or defend against a restraining order. Call 617-225-2100 for a free consultation.What are the Common Reasons for Getting a Restraining Order?
A restraining order can prohibit someone from harassing, bothering, or stalking you. In divorce cases, you can apply for a restraining order to prevent your former spouse from contacting or getting near you and your children. This is particularly crucial if there is a likelihood that your former spouse could physically harm or psychologically abuse you and your children. You may also seek a restraining order to prevent the loss or damage of your property.Types of Restraining Orders
- Someone you've dated
- Someone you used to live with
- Your current or previous spouse
- Your child's other parent
- Someone you're connected to by marriage
- Someone you're related to through blood
- There is proof that the defendant has a personal grudge against the victim (for example, criminal damage)
- Instances in which the defendant and victim are acquainted or have previously been involved in an intimate connection (for example, domestic violence cases)
- Both parties maintain regular communication (for example, where the victim and defendant run a local business
- Before a restraining order may be obtained in any of these situations, the victim must show a fear of potential harm. Generalized fear, nervousness, irritation, or a sense of being harassed is not enough to fulfill the criteria. In order to obtain a restraining order, you must be able to show that you have a reasonable and necessary fear that your abuser may harm you.
- Stop the abuse
- Stop all contact with the victim
- Leave a home
- Leave their employment
- Surrender guns and firearm identification cards