Legal Services for Cape Cod and Islands, Inc.
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Legal Assistance Project

If you have a restraining order but need
assistance with long-term custody and financial issues,
we may be able to help you
Live Free from Domestic Violence!

Legal Services for Cape Cod and Islands, Inc. (LCCI), provides free legal advice and representation to low income and elderly clients in Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Eastern Plymouth counties. Cases involving domestic violence are one of our priorities for people who are financially eligible for our services.
If you or your children are victims of domestic violence, you should seek an abuse prevention order against your batterer. These orders, which are also known as "restraining orders" or "209As", are available through the Probate and Family Court and the District Court. Once the emergency is over, LSCCI may help you start a safe, stable new life for you and your children by obtaining court orders concerning custody, divorce, paternity support and visitation.

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If you believe that your abuser will contest the continuation of your emergency abuse prevention order, LSCCI may be able to represent you at your ten-day return date hearing. Your attorney may help you extend custody, support and stay-away orders for up to one year.

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If you and your children's father are not married, LSCCI may be able to help you file a complaint to establish paternity through the Probate and Family Court. Your attorney will ask the judge to "adjudicate" or name the biological father, then, if appropriate, obtain financial support for you and a visitation schedule which is safe for you and your children.

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If you and your children's father are married, LSCCI may be able to file a complaint for divorce through the Probate and Family Court. Your attorney will help you seek orders giving you custody of your children and awarding you financial support. Your attorney also can seek an order to "freeze" marital assets so that your spouse does not squander them during your divorce.

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If you or your children have been denied or cut off from government benefits, LSCCI may be able to help you obtain Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, medical assistance, food stamps, Social Security disability, or emergency assistance through the fair hearing process. You may need this assistance to build a life apart from your batterer.

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If you and your children are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless, LSCCI maybe able to help you obtain emergency shelter, keep your housing subsidy, or fight a wrongful eviction. LSCCI also may be able to help you with illegal utility shut-offs, violations of the sanitary code, or mortgage problems.

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If you need help with legal problems affecting your family, contact Legal Services for Cape Cod and Islands by calling or stopping by our offices in Hyannis and Plymouth.

Our offices are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LSCCI staff or volunteer attorneys may be able to represent you before the courts or administrative agencies, or provide you with advice and information about how you can handle your issues on your own.

Please remember: Under the law, no one has the right to abuse you.

LSCCI represents low-income and elderly people who live in Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Eastern Plymouth Counties, including the Plymouth towns of Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marsbfield, Middleborougb, Pembroke, Plymoutb, Plympton, Rocbester and Warebam.

The Battered Women's Legal Assistance Project is made possible by the generous support of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the United Way and many local towns and doners.

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