What about child custody and visitation?
A 209A Order from a District Court can provide you with temporary support and custody of your minor children. Only the Probate and Family Court, however, can decide child visitation rights.

A 209A Order from that court may be more helpful in dealing with abuse protection that also involves divorce, long term financial support, child custody and visitation issues.

You may want to speak with a private attorney for Probate Court or call one of the legal services or victim's services listed on this brochure for an attorney referral list. Pro bono (free) or reduced fee legal services may be available.

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1. What is domestic violence?
2. What is the legal definition of abuse?
3. What is a 209A Restraining Order?
4. Where can I get a 209A order?
5. How can I get an order in district court?
6. What questions are asked on the form?
7. What relief can I ask for on the application?
8. What about child custody and visitation?
9. What happens after I have completed the 209A forms?
10. What will the judge do after speaking with you?
11. What is a ten day hearing?
12. What happens at the end of a year or the end of the effective date?
13. What should you do if you want to change the terms of the order?
14. Can a minor obtain a 209A order?
15. What happens if the order is violated?
16. What happens if an arrest is made?
17. What are some of the criminal charges that an abuser can be charged with?
18. What happens after an arrest?
19. What happens at the arraignment?
20. What happens after the arraignment?
21. What is a certified batterers intervention program?
22. Will the intervention stop the abuse?