Orders for the prevention of domestic abuse can be a powerful tool to ensure personal safety where abuse is present in a relationship.  Unfortunately, restraining orders are all too frequently used as a weapon to gain an advantage in ending a relationship.  Restraining orders are generally issued ex parte, without notice or opportunity to respond, and once in place, they can be hellishly difficult to remove.

Anyone who has been served with a 209A restraining order should be represented at the review hearing.  The emotional strain involved in the process (not to mention being forcibly evicted from one’s home) is enormous, and the presence of an attorney will keep the focus on the legal standard required to support the order and the critical facts necessary to support or defeat that standard.

Attorney Clark has had a good deal of success in defeating frivolous and malicious restraining orders, though he has yet to receive an award of his fees.





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