Inside the Barnstable County
Probate & Family Court
The Barnstable County Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over mid-Cape family and probate matters such as divorce, paternity, child support, custody, visitation, adoption, termination of parental rights, abuse prevention and wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships and changes of name.
There are two judges in Barnstable County – the Honorable First Justice Robert A. Scandurra (Courtroom 1) and Associate Justice Arthur C. Ryley (Courtroom 2).
The court is located at 3195 Main St. in Barnstable and is accessible by the Barnstable Villager line of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. Both the Sturgis Library and the Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern are across the street from the courthouse.
Divorce actions are the most common matters heard in this court, and parties can choose between a Joint Petition for Divorce (1A) where both parties are in complete agreement on every issue, or a Complaint for Divorce (1B) where one spouse files against the other claiming a no-fault divorce based only upon an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
In Barnstable County, judges are assigned randomly by docket number; Judge Scandurra hears odd-numbered cases and Judge Ryley hears even-numbered cases.
Information on Barnstable County Justices
- Judge Scandurra has been known to go above and beyond the normal call of duty of a Judge when it comes to helping parties at their pre-trial conference. Often times, he has been known to sit down with the parties, weigh the options and help them come to decisions on their own – without the feeling that an order came from a judge wearing a black robe.
Contact Miller Law Group, P.C. for strong representation for any family law matter!