Instructions: Joint petition for divorce (Section 1A) court form

Instructions and information to assist you in completing this form.

Joint petition for divorce under G.L. c.208, Section 1A form

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

File with this form

The following must be filed with this petition:


Filing fees

See the Uniform Schedule of Fees for applicable filing fees.

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

To be used if support for child(ren) is requested.

Additional Resources for Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

Additional information

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.

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.


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