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 the legal definition of "abuse"?
2. What is a 209A Order?
3. Where can I get a 209A Order?
4. How can I get an Order in District Court?
5. What questions are asked on this form?
6. What relief can I ask for on the application?
7. What about child custody and visitation?
8. What happens next?
9. What will the judge do before speaking with you?
10. What is a Ten Day Hearing?
11. What happens at the end of a year or end of the effective date?
12. What should you do if you want to change the terms of the Order?
13. Can a minor obtain a 209A Order?
14. What happens if the Order is violated?
15. What happens if an arrest is made?
16. What crimes can be charged?
17. What happens after an arrest?
18. What happens at the arraignment?
19. What happens after the arraignment?
20. What is a Certified Batterer's Intervention Program?
21. Will the interventions stop the abuse?