In a recent case, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressed the issue of a civil harassment prevention order. A high school student uploaded to social media a rap song, in which he made threats against fellow students. The Background The parties in the case,...
In care and protection cases, the court looks at important pieces of evidence to decide issues of custody and visitation. One example of significant evidence in care and protection cases is the testimony, notes, and assessment of the social worker assigned the case....
Does the District Court have subject matter jurisdiction over the issuance of protective orders, particularly where they are issued ex parte, meaning without the defendant present in court? The Massachusetts Appeals Court looked at this question in a recent case. A...
A protective order, sometimes also referred to as a restraining order, serves to protect a victim of domestic abuse which is perpetrated by a member or former member of the victim’s household. It may also serve to protect a victim from abuse or violence perpetrated by...
Warning: This post includes reference to domestic abuse and may trigger strong emotions in you. If you are in an emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact local authorities. Very little is more precious to most people than their loved ones. Our family and...
In some cases, the services of a Guardian ad Litem play a key component. Imagine the following scenario: a doctor diagnoses a ten-year old child named Jacob with a “curable” form of cancer. If Jacob is brought to a hospital for regular chemotherapy treatments, then...
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