My own private Guantanamo
July 20, 2006 4:40 PM Subscribe
What recourse do fathers who receive Massachusetts 209A restraining ? From what I can gather, a woman can say absolutely anything and get a restraining order imposed. I got one yesterday taking custody away from me for alleged threat of violence I made. At the time I was over 200 miles away. I didn't think I was that powerful.
posted by notmtwain to human relations (54 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It looks like all I can do is wait for the hearing in about a week. I haven't even received a copy of the affadavit saying what I am supposed to have done.
I sent an email to my children this morning trying to tell them that everything would be okay and was rewarded with a call from the local police saying that I was going to be arrested.
Luckily, I have a good attorney who told me to lay low and stay away from the town so I didn't have to spend any time in the local accommodations. (Sandwhich, Massachusetts)
My lawyer says we have a very good chance of getting the whole thing overturned in a week, but in the meanwhile, I can't talk with my children to tell them what is happening or respond to the as yet non-existent charge.
What can I do? I am not looking for "Sit down and set a spell" responses. It galls me that I have to wait one minute to go to the court to have this nonsense overturned.
What is even more galling is that my attorney tells me that even if the judge finds that the accusation was made in bad faith and is a total fabrication, they won't go after the accuser.
What a country!