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Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) The recent Standing Order OE-144 has closed courthouses off to the public other than for emergency situations. This order goes into effect May 4, 2020 and will be in effect until at least June 1, 2020. This order is applicable to non-emergency CRA hearings. According to Mass.gov,  these hearings will be […]

That would include Attleboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, and Norton cities or towns.

Adoptions The recent Standing Order OE-144 has closed courthouses off to the public other than for emergency situations. This order goes into effect May 4, 2020 and will be in effect until at least June 1, 2020. This order is applicable to adoptions. According to Mass.gov, if a party wants to hold the adoption as […]

That would include Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford and Westport.

New Filings in Non-Emergency Matters The recent Standing Order OE-144 has closed courthouses off to the public other than for emergency situations. This order goes into effect May 4, 2020 and will be in effect until at least June 1, 2020. This is applicable to new filings in non-emergency matters, which should be filed by […]

That would be Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport.

Emergency Matters 72 Hour Hearings The recent Standing Order OE-144 has closed courthouses off to the public other than for emergency situations. This order goes into effect May 4, 2020 and will be in effect until at least June 1, 2020. This can be applied to 72 hour hearings under care and protection matters. According […]

It handles the Taunton, Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Raynham and Seekonk cities or towns.

The stay at home order and the health risks are certainly paramount but it has filtered to DCF and high risk or at-risk families.  I have had cases where the grandparents were in the middle of an emergency custody hearing where the children are in foster care because they have been removed from the parents […]

Disclaimer:  This is a series of blogs related to the impact of COVID-19 on the court system; in particular, the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court.  This information may be outdated and it is important to look at the court’s website.  Also, different courts have different particularities.  I have gotten this from both speaking to other […]