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You do not always need a hearing to change a judgment or temporary order of the Probate and Family Court. If you and the other party in the case agree about how the judgment or order should be changed, you can file your written agreement and the court can change it. You will also have to file a joint petition or motion and a proposed judgment or temporary order.
You do not need to serve a summons.
You will only have to go to a hearing if the judge orders one.
If the judge does not order a hearing, he or she will read the agreement and other papers and make a decision.
This way to change a judgment or temporary order by agreement without a hearing is new. The Court started to allow people to do this August 1, 2013.
Produced by Attorney Jeff Wolf for MassLegalHelp Created November 2013