Get a copy of your divorce or other Probate & Family Court record

Learn how to get a copy of your divorce record, letter of authority, or other Probate and Family Court record.
Call your local Probate & Family Court to find out how long it will take to get your record.

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What you need for Get a copy of your divorce or other Probate & Family Court record

A “record” can be a court judgment, order, decree, or letter of appointment.   

Examples of “records” are:

  • Certificate of Divorce Absolute (a divorce decree/divorce record)
  • Letters of Authority or Appointment; Personal Representatives/Guardians
  • Docket Page
  • Attested Copies of documents in a court file
  • Unattested Copies of documents in a court file

If you're looking for a copy of a will, please see Get a copy of a will. If you're looking for information on a case that is not complete, please see How to search court dockets.

To receive a certified copy of your court record, you'll need your docket number. If you have an estate case and you don't know what your docket number is, you can search the court dockets for public case information. Otherwise, please call the Probate & Family court where your case was heard to get your case docket number.

  • If you're requesting a copy of a court record listed below — Complete the Request for Copies form and mail or bring the form and payment to the courthouse you're requesting a copy of the court record from. This form may not display properly in your browser. Please download the form and open it using Acrobat reader. See What to do if you can't open court PDF files for more information.  
  • If the record you want isn't listed below, or if a document is impounded (not available for public inspection) — Please check with the Probate & Family Court where the record/case file is located for information on getting copies. 

Fees for Get a copy of your divorce or other Probate & Family Court record

Payments must be made by attorney's check, money order, bank certified check or bank cashier's check. All payments should be made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Name Fee Unit
Certificate of divorce absolute $20 each
Certificate of name change $20 each
Subsequent Letter of Authority or of Appointment (First letter included with initial appointment) $25 each
Certified copy of a judgment of divorce nisi first page $20 first page
Certified copy of a judgment of divorce nisi additional pages $1 each page
Attested copy of a voluntary statement $7.50 each
Certified copy of a decree and order of appointment of a guardian of a minor $22 each
Certified copy of a decree and order of appointment of a guardian of an incapacitated person $22 each
Certified copy of a decree and order of appointment of a conservator $21 each

How to get Get a copy of your divorce or other Probate & Family Court record

Mail the form and payment to the courthouse you're requesting a copy of the court record from. 

You can bring the form and payment in person to the courthouse you're requesting a copy of the court record from. 

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