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Abuse and Harassing Restraining orders and Due Process

Massachusetts has laws that allow for speedy issuance of restraining orders for domestic abuse or harassment. The laws allow for an initial order to be issued without notice strictly on the sworn affidavit and testimony of the complainant. This is followed by a...

Smart homes and divorce

People now have the ability to interact with their homes in a way that wasn't even imagined ten years ago. We now have the ability to control things when we are away from our homes. We can turn lights and appliances on and off. We can change the temperature in the...

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By presidential proclamation, October was declared to be National Violence Awareness Month. Nobody should be subject to domestic violence. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship you need to get help. You can get information about domestic abuse from...

Cyberharassment is still harassment

The internet provides new opportunities to commit criminal acts. However, in many instances, laws that were not designed for the internet provide remedies. A recent case illustrating use of a traditional law to punish internet conduct is Commonwealth v. Johnson, 470...

Remy Murder Case: DA doesn’t deserve criticism

A case in Massachusetts that has received national attention is the unfortunate murder of 27 year old Jennifer Martel. The person arrested for this murder is 34 year old Jared Remy. He is the son of former Red Sox star and current Red Sox announcer, Jerry Remy. This...

Restraining orders and Facebook

Does a court ordered domestic abuse restraining order effect the way a person uses Facebook or other social media? In Massachusetts a typical domestic abuse restraining order includes a no contact and no abuse order protecting an individual or an individual and their...

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