If you wish to file for separate
maintenance or support for you and your children, but do not
wish to get a divorce then you have come to the right place.
All forms that are linked
below can be filled out by the applicant
on-line. However, the applicant still needs
to print out the form, sign it and then submit it to Plymouth County
Probate and Family Court either by mail or in person.
Here you will find:
What to file:
||Filing Fee of $120.00 (Payable to “Plymouth Probate Court”.
Bank check or money order is required. No personal
checks are accepted.)
||Complaint for Separate Support (Click
Disclosing Care or Custody
of a child, if there are
any minor children of the
marriage, you MUST file
Disclosing Care and
Disclosing Care and
Custody Page 2 (Click
||Certified Copy of your Marriage
Certificate. You will need to get this from the city
or town in which you were married.
A Financial Statement must be completed. If your
annual income is less than $75,000, a pink short form
Financial Statement is required. (Click
here for form Print on pink paper) If your annual income is
more than $75,000, a pink Long form Financial Statement
is required. (Click
here for form Print on pink paper)
All papers above should be filed:
||Plymouth County Probate and Family Court
||ATTN: Domestic Relations Department
||52 Obery Street, Suite 1130
||Plymouth, MA 02360
||Plymouth County Probate and Family
|Plymouth County Probate and Family
||52 Obery Street
||215 Main Street
||Plymouth, MA 02360
||Brockton, MA 02301
to expect after you file:
helpful guide for parents living apart has been prepared by
The Massachusetts Association of Family and Conciliation
Courts with the support of the Honorable Sean M. Dunphy,
Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court. (Click
After you file your
Separate Support Complaint with the Court, and it
has been processed (Processing your Complaint and
other papers means that your case needs to be
indexed, assigned a docket number, money needs to be
documented and forwarded into the State's Account,
file stamped and docketed into the official court
The Court then issues a
Summons to you. Once you receive this summons, you
MUST take it or mail it, with a copy of the
Complaint, to the Sheriff's Department of the County
in which the Defendant lives.
A Constable who is authorized to serve civil process
in a designated city or town may also be utilized.
The Sheriff or Constable will "make service".
This means that the Sheriff or Constable will bring a copy
of the Complaint, Summons and any other papers to
The Sheriff's Department or Constable will then send you
the Original Summons with the back part of the
summons filled out, stating that either service was
made or that the Sheriff or Constable was unable to make service.
This is called a "return of service".
This original Summons will need to be filed
with the Court.
This will prove to the Court that service has
Once you file the
original summons, including the “return of
service” with the court, you will be able to file
for a court hearing:
a motion, in order to receive a temporary order on matters
of support, custody, visitation, or other matters which the
court might deem just, (Click
here for Motion)
Court will automatically assign the case for a
Case Management Conference, at which time a
Pre-Trial Conference will be scheduled, if
Although the Court automatically assigns a
Case Management Conference, either party may
file and schedule a motion for a Judge's
regular motion session before the scheduled
Case Management Conference takes place.
In such event, the Judge may cancel the
scheduled Case Management Conference and
proceed to schedule a Pre-Trial
matters may be directly scheduled by the Court for a
the matter is not resolved at the Pre-Trial Conference, then
it will be assigned for a trial date.
In any hearing or
trial to determine child support, the parties must prepare
and present to the Judge, at the hearing or trial, a Child
Support guidelines Worksheet (Form CJ-D-304
- Print on light blue paper). Click the following
quick links for the worksheet and other information
regarding child support.