Get a copy of your Probate and Family Court record

Learn how to get a copy of your divorce, letter of authority, or other Probate and Family Court record.

Probate and Family Court

The Details

What you need

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

Examples of “records” are:

  • Certificate of Divorce Absolute
  • 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

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 Court to get your case docket number.

  • If you're requesting a copy of a court record listed below — Complete the Request for Copies form (see Downloads, below)  and mail the form and payment to the courthouse you're requesting a copy of the Court Record from.
  • If the record you want isn't listed below, or if a document is impounded (not available for public inspection) — Please check with the Court where the record/case file is located for information on getting copies. 

Fees

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

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

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