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Representation in 209A Hearings

Massachusetts 209A Hearings

What is called a 209A order in Massachusetts goes by many names, including an abuse prevention order, a protective order, a restraining order and a stay-away order. 209A orders are issued by a court and are designed to provide protection from serious physical harm or a threat of serious physical harm from a family household member, or between individuals in a substantial dating relationship.

Not all 209A orders are legitimate

However, these orders can be used for other than their intended purpose. Spouses use them to gain the upper hand in divorce, custody and property disputes. They are also used as a weapon in non-marital relationships. Whether legitimate or not, such orders can be filed by

  • A spouse, former spouse, or present or former household member
  • The parent of your minor child
  • A blood relative, present or former relative by marriage, or person with whom you have or had a substantial dating relationship

Consequences of a 209A order

At least initially, the plaintiff or complainant usually achieves his or her aim and obtains an order for no contact or a physical space limit between the parties. Often, men are denied the right to visit their child or lose existing custody or joint custody rights. Employment can be jeopardized, especially for individuals holding positions that require the use or carrying of a firearm. In each case, the damage to livelihood, family relations and income can be severe.

Representing clients in 209A hearings

However, a person against whom a 209A order has been filed does have recourse. Attorney Gordon represents people in hearings that determine whether a temporary 209A order should be made permanent. In order to do this, Attorney Gordon will work to determine the facts of the case and support the development of a strong defense.

Contact Worcester Attorney Gordon

If you have questions regarding a 209A order or scheduled 209A hearing, contact us. Call 508.762.4633.