The following must be filed with this complaint:
Certified copy of civil marriage certificate.
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(SEE G.L. c.208, Section 6B)
Affidavit of Care and Custody if parties have child(ren) together.
(form available at the courthouse)
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SEE Uniform Fee Schedule for applicable filing fees.
Service of complaint on defendant is to be made in accordance
with Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure Rule 4
SEE Uniform Probate Court Practice XXX and
Supplemental Probate Court Rule 401
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if support for child(ren) is requested.
All requests for temporary relief must be made my motion,
although several requests may be contained on one.
For temporary restraining orders,
SEE Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure Rule 65,
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If attachment or trustee process is desired,
a motion with affidavit must be filed. A certificate of
insurance is normally not required in domestic relations cases.
SEE Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedures Rules 4.1 and 4.2.
All parties to a divorce action in which there is/are minor child(ren) are
required to attend and participate in an approved Parent Education Program
unless requirement waived by the court.
SEE Probate and Family Court Standing Order 4-08.
Each party to a divorce action shall deliver to the other within
45 days from date of service of summons, specific financial documents.
SEE Supplemental Probate Rule 410.
An automatic restraining order applies to both parties in a
complaint for divorce. It prohibits either party from engaging
in any action which changes the present financial status of the parties.
SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411.
If, prior to entry of judgment under this section, the parties jointly
file a sworn affidavit that an irretrievable breakdown of the
marriage exists and a notarized separation agreement,
then said action for divorce shall proceed under Section 1A
with the court scheduling a speedy hearing on the dissolution agreement.
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