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The Probate and Family Court

The Probate and Family Court handles most of the issues and cases that involve families and children.  These include divorce and separation, duties of spouses to support each other, how they divide their property if they divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, paternity of children whose parents are not married to each other, domestic violence, and many other issues and cases.

The Probate and Family Court is a statewide court with a division located in each county in Massachusetts.  Some of those divisions have websites with useful local information.  There are links to those divisions of the Probate and Family Court on this page.

One of the most important and complicated court forms you will need to use in the Probate and Family Court is the Financial Statement

The Family Service Office (the Probation Department) gets involved in most cases where there are disputes between parents about the care of their children.

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