Massachusetts Law defines two different types of restraining orders: “Abuse Prevention Orders” under General Law Chapter 209A, and “Harassment Prevention Orders” under Chapter 258E. Each type of order has a specific class of persons that it protects, and a specific set of facts that the plaintiff must prove to get the order and keep the order. If the District Court judge does not follow these standards, the losing side can appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Whether you are seeking to obtain or extend an order, or whether you have had an order taken out against you and need to defend yourself, we can help. These cases are billed hourly and vary greatly in complexity depending on the facts and how zealously the other side fights. For an average case in District Court, you can expect to spend between $2,000 and $5,000 to obtain or contest the original order. Annual extension hearings are often much less, except in unusually complex cases. Appeals will generally cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
As always, we offer a free consultation before asking for any financial commitment on these cases. You can give our office a call at (617) 245-1976 or message us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.