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Typically, in most divorce or paternity actions, the Court standard is what is in the child’s best interest. This is not an easy standard to determine. It can vary from child to child. The idea is that it focuses more on what the child’s needs are than on the parents. The law says that the […]

Generally, Probate and Family Court handle custody and visitation and most parenting decisions. This can be involved on divorce cases, separate support cases, paternity cases; where the parties are not married, adoption at many times and other issues. Both Probate Court and District Court along with sometimes Juvenile Court can handle a restraining order or […]

If a prior court order no longer works for the parties or circumstances change the party may seek a modification. The party must file a complaint for modification to change a judgment. A further temporary order may change a prior temporary order. The most common changes are alimony or spousal support, custody and parenting time […]

Filing fees vary depending on the type of court action you are filing eg divorce, modification, contempt.  if you cannot afford the filing fee and summons, you can file a motion to waive fees or be paid by the state.  You need to file an affidavit of indigency and financial statement to have the court […]

“It is called “Continued without a Finding”. It is a type of disposition that has to occur prior to trial. Occasionally it can happen after trial, but typically not, typically a trial is either guilty or not guilty. What a Continuation without a Finding means is that an admission to sufficient facts that the event […]

As an attorney representing clients in the Brockton Courthouse, I have learned many “ins and outs” and some tips that might make things go smoother for you. The main Trial Court Department has significantly changed over the years. When I first practiced in Brockton, Juvenile court was next door to the old Brockton District Court […]

A Court Investigator will be appointed to the Care and Protection case under the law. They are very similar to what is called a “Guardian Ad Litem” and many times in divorces or Probate and Family Court cases. It is the Court Investigators job to gather facts about the case and write a report for […]

The hearing is closed to the public. Generally, only the parties to the case are able to be in the hearing and other witnesses have to wait outside of the courtroom. For all parties, you have the opportunity to go over the caseworker’s Affidavit or report and hear the reasons why your child was removed […]

What “ICWA” is, is something called the “Indian Child Welfare Act”. It must be proven at a higher standard than a non-ICWA case. The Petitioner who is generally, DCF, has the responsibility to determine whether the child is a member or is eligible for a membership in an Indian tribe. It is the responsibility of […]

The court will appoint an attorney to represent your minor child and the attorney will not be the same attorney who represents you. The attorney will meet his client and advocate for him or her at all court hearings. If the child is able to speak and convey his wishes, the attorney will follow the […]