Instructions: Complaint for separate support court form

Instructions and information to assist you in completing this form.

File with this complaint

The following must be filed with this complaint: 

  • Certified copy of civil marriage certificate.
  • Affidavit of Care and Custody, if parties have child(ren) together (Form available at the courthouse)
  • Applicable filing fees
  • Financial statements

Filing fees

See the Probate and Family Court filing 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.

Attend the Mandatory Co-Parenting Education Program

All parents where there is no agreement on custody and/or parenting time of their minor children must attend the four-hour online co-parenting course “Two Families Now” unless a Judge waives the requirement.

Notice to Parents: Mandatory Attendance at Online Co-Parenting Education Course "Two Families Now"

If you think you should not be required to attend the parent education course you can file Motion to Waive Attendance at Two Families Now Co-Parent Course and provide notice to the other side by sending them a copy.

To find more about co-parenting education go to: Parent Education |

Financial statements

View this financial statements page for additional information, including the financial statement (short form) and instructions, and the financial statement (long form) and instructions.

See also Uniform Probate Court Practice XXX, and Supplemental Probate Court Rule 401

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in all cases where an order for child support may be established or modified, regardless of the income of the parties.

Additional Resources

Uniform Counsel Certification

Attorneys are required to file a Uniform Counsel Certification.

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