Restraining Orders

If a restraining order is issued against you, it can have serious consequences that will impact all aspects of your life.  In the context of a divorce, it can forcibly remove you from the marital home and prevent you from seeing or contacting your children.  Restraining orders are often used improperly as a tactic to gain leverage in family court proceedings but the consequences of having such an order issue against you are more far reaching than that.  Even the most benign contact, such as sending an email to a spouse about who is going to pay the mortgage that month, constitutes a violation of a restraining order and could result in criminal charges that have a potential penalty of up to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction.

It is of the utmost importance that you obtain counsel to represent you at the 10-day hearing on the restraining order to challenge the extension of the order.  Having an attorney by your side can help you put your best case forward to fight against the issuance of the order.