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Children are one of life’s great joys — and responsibilities. Find resources to help them grow and succeed.
Learn about the types of child custody and parenting time orders, who can file for child custody, and how to file or change child custody orders.
Learn about who can can become a guardian of a minor and what the guardianship process is like.
Find out what will happen in court, who may be involved, and what your rights are as a parent, legal guardian, or custodian in a Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) case.
Adoption provides a permanent, supportive home for a child.
By understanding the adoption process in the Massachusetts Court System, you'll have the tools you need to bring a new member into your family.
Foster care provides a safe, loving home for children until they can be reunited with their families.
If you know or suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please report it immediately. Anyone can file a report of abuse or neglect.
We provide services to parents who pay child support and parents and caretakers who receive child support. Child support is a way for parents to share the financial responsibility for their child, even when they do not live together. Either parent or the child’s caretaker can apply for our services to establish paternity (get an order determining a child’s legal father) or to get, enforce, or change a child support order.
Learn more about the process of filing for, changing, and requesting child support, as well as the guidelines that determine child support.
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