Instructions

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

The following must be filed with this petition:

  • Certified copy of civil marriage certificate.
  • R-408-Certificate of Absolute Divorce or Annulment Statistical Information must be filed with this complaint. Form pdf format of Divorce or Annulment, Cert Vital Statistics (R408) | Instructions (See G.L. c.208, Section 6B )
  • Affidavit of Care and Custody if parties have child(ren) together. (form available at the courthouse)
  • Notarized Separation Agreement.
  • Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown Form pdf format of Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown | Instructions pdf format of Ins Affidavit of Irretrievable Breakdown

Filing Fees
See Uniform Fee Schedule pdf format of Uniform Fee Schedule  for applicable filing fees.


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

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

or

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

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet if support for child(ren) is requested:
Form pdf format of Child Support Guidelines Worksheet (CJD 304) file size 1MB | Instructions pdf format of Completing the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

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 .

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 .

Click here to print in PDF format pdf format of Ins Joint Petition Divorce GL208 1A