Pawtucket, RI asked in Adoption and Family Law for Massachusetts

Q: Is it possible to have a restaining order on bio mom even though we are in the middle of the adoption?

I'm in the middle of adopting my 2 step kids (ages 8 and 7) who were horribly abused by their stepfather and mother. The mother has already lost her youngest through adoption because of the abuse. However, the kids mother has a horrible rage that she will literally go after people and has done so many times in the past, regardless if it puts the children in danger or not. She has also made numerous threats towards our family. Is it possible to have a restaining order on her even though we are in the middle of the adoption? If not do the kids have to come to court with us? How many court dates roughly are there in a contested stepparent adoption? I'm just trying to get as much information as I can to keep these 2 little ones safe. They have already been through so much and are completely terrified of their mother.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: I see no problem, generally, with requesting such a restraining order. You may need to hire a lawyer as the issues may be too complex for you. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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