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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. I’mv ery sorry to hear about your situation. The answer to your question is that you should strongly consider getting a restraining order against your ex. You can get restraining orders pretty easily. All you have to do is go down to your local courthouse. On the first floor, you can ask the clerk of the court for the required documents for a restraining order. You can fill it out, hand it to the clerk, and pay the small fee. The request for the restraining order will go to the judge usually the same day. It’s often approved. You can then take those copies that the clerk gives you after you file them and take them to the Sheriff to have them served on your ex boyfriend. The judge will call a hearing for a few months later to determine if the restraining order should be permanent (meaning it lasts many years) and both you and your ex will be required to attend.
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While you're at the courthouse, you may want to file for a modification of custody and support. You can ask the court to award you custody temporarily while the restraining order is in place and have them enter an order that says how much he is going to pay you. If you already have an order, then you're just going to request that they modify it.