Restraining orders issued under MGL c. 209A are only temporary and you have the right to attend a hearing before the order is extended for a one year period. At that time you have the right to question all evidence and cross examine the plaintiff and all witnesses. You (or your fiancee in this case) st go to the hearing to question and cross examine and it is a very good idea to retain experienced counsel to do the cross examination.
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Permanent Restraining orders are not issued without the opportunity to be heard in front of the judge. Your boyfriend should take advantage of his opportunity to attend court and testify. You also can testify.
Often interim or T.R.O.s (temporary restraining orders) are issued ex parte by the court, based upon sworn affidavits from the victim. However, a hearing needs to be scheduled at which time both sides can be heard. I suggest that your boyfriend retain an attorney to represent him at the hearing.
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