The Barnstable Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over Cape Cod communities such as Bourne, Dennis, Hyannis and Provincetown.

If you live in one of these towns, your divorce or custody case will be heard in Barnstable before one of the judges assigned there.


Family Law in Bristol & Plymouth County Courts.

A divorce is a life-altering event, one that can make family situations very stressful. More than almost any other legal matter, emotions often become heightened throughout divorce proceedings, which leads to poor decision-making on the part of both parties involved.

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This is when the objective views of an experienced attorney can be your best asset.

Facing a legal separation or divorce is already overwhelming - let us take care of the details and fight for what you deserve. Attorney Barboza will help you understand every aspect of your divorce including:

  • Alimony;
  • Child custody, support, and visitation;
  • Division of marital property and assets;
  • Grounds for Divorce in MA (Fault/No-Fault);
  • Prenuptual agreements.

There are different categories of divorce in Massachsetts: (a) "uncontested fault," (b) "uncontested no-fault," (c) "contested fault," and (d) "contested no-fault."  We will assist you in determining which is most applicable and beneficial in your circumstances, before we proceed. You need to understand what your rights are, and we know the subtle operational differences within each court's jurisdiction. Contact us today and let us get to work helping you make sure you, or your children's, future is secure.

Courts require those appearing before it, to follow proper legal procedures. This why you should be cautious before considering an attempt to represent yourself in a divorce matter before the court. It's difficult to know and understand all the procedures that must be followed, and the risks for you or or children are simply too high.

Bristol Co. Family Court

 Bristol County Family Court 

Having an attorney who appears in the different southeastern Mass. & Cape Cod courts on a regular basis, advocating for clients in divorce, child custody, child support, paternity and other family matters, is to your benefit.  Knowing individual judge's preferences, and how they will likely respond to a particular proposal or motion, is an advantage you want to have on your side within the Bristol or Plymouth Probate and Family Court system.

Even though family law is the same throughout the Commonwealth, it is applied a little differently in each court, depending on the preferences and attitudes of the judges involved and the procedures of the court. In Plymouth County, for example: judges may prefer not issuing temporary orders unless the matter is an emergency, such as domestic violence. In these cases, an affidavit must accompany the motion that describes the alleged emergency and the potential harm it represents.

In many Massachusetts courts, motions and certain other matters are only heard at specific times, on certain days. Everything must be properly scheduled through the trial assignment desk, and all motions and pleadings must be filed, once their corresponding dates have been set.

scales of Justice Philomena A. Barboza is a lawyer dedicated to providing you with legal representation that is aggressive, compassionate and affordable.
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