A District Court* can make orders to protect your children even if the orders conflict with Probate and Family Court custody, parenting time, or visitation orders.
- a Probate and Family Court has made an order for custody, parenting time, or visitation and
- you need to go to a District Court* to get a 209A order that is different from the Probate & Family Court order,
this is what happens:
- The District Court makes the order;
- The District Court order can be in effect for no more than 30 days;
- It immediately sends a copy to the Probate and Family Court that issued the prior order; and
- The Probate and Family Court can make a new order that replaces the District Court emergency order.
*District Court, Boston Municipal Court, Superior Court or, a judge on the Emergency Judicial Response System.