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The Probate and Family Court

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed October 2019

The Probate and Family Court handles most of the cases that involve families and children.  These include

The Probate and Family Court is a statewide court.  It has locations or "divisions" in each county.  Find more information about your "division" on the Probate and Family Court website.

The Family Service Office  is part of the case when there are disputes between parents about the care of their children. It is also called the Probation Department.

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

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