TP is a 34 year old sales manager working for an international company based in Massachusetts. He resides in Canada. In 2016 he was at the company headquarters in Massachusetts and went up to Salem on Halloween night. He met a married woman (NR) and they began a dating relationship. He would visit her when he was in MA and she made several trips to Canada to visit him. Well as luck would have it NR got pregnant and in August 2018 a baby daughter was born. DNA tests established that TP was the father. Their dating relationship continued and he developed a relationship with their daughter. He came to MA often and always spent most of the time here with his daughter. He had FaceTime visits with her almost daily. For Halloween 2020 TP came down to MA and spent ten days here. Most of that time was spent with his daughter – who is now 2+ years old. At the end of his ten day visit TP returned to Canada. When he got back NR told him that she was cutting off all of his contact with their daughter and that NR did not want him contacting her (NR). NR also said that she would not facilitate FaceTime visits with their daughter any longer.
TP was then served with a Notice from Lynn District Court that NR had applied for a restraining order against him and that a hearing was scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020 via ZOOM. TP had commenced proceedings in the Probate Court to establish paternity and get visitation, but his Probate Court lawyer told TP that she did not handle restraining order cases in the District Court. TP contacted and retained Attorney Robert Lewin from Andover to represent him in Lynn District Court to defend against the Harassment Protection Order. Attorney Lewin immediately obtained copies of the Complaint for Protection and the Affidavit that NR had filed at Court. TP sent to Attorney Lewin all the text messages between TP and NR as well as some text messages that NR had sent to TP’s sister. These text messages were important because they clearly showed that NR had made absolutely no complaints to TP (or his sister) that TP was harassing NR. Attorney Lewin electronically filed all the text messages with the Court so that they could be used during the hearing before the Judge. Attorney Lewin also electronically served copies of the text messages on NR.
The Court hearing was scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020. On Friday, December 11 and again on Sunday, December 13 Attorney Lewin and TP spent about 1 1/2 hours (each day) preparing for the Court hearing. TP was fully prepared to testify at the hearing and Attorney Lewin even told TP what to wear for the ZOOM hearing. At 10:00 AM on Monday, December 14, 2020 TP and Attorney Lewin and NR and her attorney appeared before the Judge via ZOOM. In order to get an Harassment Protection Order NR needed to prove three separate acts of willful and malicious conduct. NR’s affidavit itself did not allege or set forth three separate acts. When the case was called Attorney Lewin told the Judge that the Defense was ready. NR and her lawyer folded their tent and withdrew their request for an order.
The defense case was fully prepared. The client, TP, was fully prepared to testify. All the necessary defense exhibits had been timely filed at court. The plaintiff gave up. TP was very happy with the result.