My boyfriend of 3 years has placed a restraining order on me. Court is in 4 days.
I want to dispute his claims against me.
I cant afford a lawyer.
His allegations are mostly false and way over exaggerated. I want to protect my rights.
I lived with him for over two years and then rented and remodeled another home of his for him. I worked extremely hard taking care of his property and landscaping. He suffers from extreme ADHD and goes into bad mood swings. While trying to work through these issues, I have been made out to be the bad guy/gal...He is very smart and knows how to over exaggerate everything on the RO so I have been made out to be a dangerous person, Just because i have wanted us to remain together and work through issues for the relationship to get better. I still care for him and only wanted to be treated fairly by the court. Thank you My biggest issue right now is court is this coming Monday. 6/7/10 I live on a very fixed income and don't think I can afford a lawyer. I am 51 years old and have no prior experience dealing with anything like this.
Family Law Attorney
The best advice I can give is to get an attorney. Since your question is very general, I can only give you general information. Restraining Order/Injunction cases are very fact based and really come down to whether your Judge feels that your boyfriend has a reasonable belief that you will do harm to him. Make sure you have thought through the events your boyfriend refers to in his petition so that you can communicate clearly to the court. If there are any witnesses, you should talk to them about testifying on your behalf.
Your boyfriend will get to tell his side first and you will get your turn to respond.
Dress appropriately. Behave appropriately. Do not make faces at your boyfriend. Do not make noises when/if he lies. Keep your composure. Be respectful to the Judge and all the courthouse staff.
Family Law Attorney
Your best means of protecting your rights is by obtaining representation. Short of that, your boyfriend most likely must prove to the court that you either committed an act of domestic violence against him, or that he is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of domestic violence. Make sure to bring all witnesses and evidence to your hearing. Be aware that letters from witnesses are inadmissible and that all witnesses must present live testimony. If you have minor children involved, you may qualify for free representation through domestic violence programs in your state.
Criminal Defense Attorney
If you cant afford an attorney and are yourself a victim of domestic violence, I would suggest contacting legal aid.
Other then that, I agree completely with the first post. Also bring all witnesses with you, and if he says anything similar to "my friend told me . . ." say politely "objection, hearsay"