See G.L. c.208 (more specifically, Section 1B )

The following must be filed with this complaint:

  • Certified copy of civil marriage certificate.
  • R-408 -Certificate of Absolute Divorce or Annulment Statistical Information form. Form pdf format of Divorce or Annulment, Cert Vital Statistics (R408)
file size 6MB | Instructions
    (See G.L. c.208, Section 6B )
  • Affidavit of Care and Custody if parties have child(ren) together. (form available at the courthouse)

Filing Fees
See Uniform Schedule of Fees for applicable filing fees.

Service of Complaint
Service of complaint on defendant is to be made in accordance with Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure Rule 4 .

Financial Statements
See Uniform Probate Court Practice XXX pdf format of Rules About Filing Financial Statements
and Supplemental Probate Court Rule 401

Short Form pdf format of Financial Statement- Short Form (CJD 301s)
file size 1MB | Instructions


Long Form pdf format of Financial Statement- Long Form (CJD 301)
file size 1MB | Instructions

Child Support Guidelines

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet if support for child(ren) is requested.

Form pdf format of Child Support Guidelines Worksheet (CJD 304)
| Instructions pdf format of Completing the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

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 .

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 2-16.

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.

Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown Form pdf format of Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown
| Instructions pdf format of Ins Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown

Uniform Counsel Certification
Attorneys are required to file Uniform Counsel Certification
Form pdf format of Uniform Counsel Certification
| Instructions

Click here to print in PDF format pdf format of Ins Complaint Divorce Under GL c208 1b