Courts require identification to change or end a 209A Restraining Order

Produced by Attorney Jeff Wolf for MassLegalHelp
Last Updated February 2017

Section 5:08 of the new 2011 Guidelines, page 107 says that

the court should be sure the person who wants to change or end a current 209A order is actually the person who filed the complaint in the first place.

It is very important to verify the identity of anybody who wants to change or end a restraining order.  To stop someone from trying to impersonate you, the court clerk should ask for identification from anyone who asks to modify or terminate a 209A order. 

There is a form for asking the court to modify or terminate an order.  If the plaintiff is asking for the modification or termination, the court should compare the signature on the form with the the signature on the complaint. The court should make sure the two signatures match.

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