Massachusetts Family Law Attorneys
Plymouth County

Inside the Plymouth County Probate & Family Court

The Plymouth County division of the Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over matters related to divorce, paternity, child support, property division, custody, visitation and parenting issues. It serves families in Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.

In Plymouth County, matters are heard in two different locations: At the Plymouth Probate & Family Court located at 52 Obery St., Plymouth (off exit 5 from Route 3) and at 215 Main St., Brockton. The Plymouth Probate and Family Court-Brockton is accessible by the Kingston / Plymouth and Middleborough / Lakeville lines of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the Brockton Station.

The judges who sit in Plymouth County are:

  • Hon. Edward G. Boyle III, First Justice
  • Hon. Lisa A. Roberts, Associate Justice
  • Hon. Catherine P. Sabaitis, Associate Justice
  • Hon. Patrick W. Stanton, Associate Justice

Judge Boyle hears cases with docket numbers ending in 00-24; Judge Roberts hears cases ending in 25-49; Judge Stanton hears cases ending 50-74; and Judge Sabaitis hears cases ending in 75-99.

Strict Rules for Motion Hearings in Plymouth County

Generally speaking, motions can be marked for hearing in accordance with the rules. The court must have at least five days’ notice from the date of filing to schedule your motion. You must provide the opposing party with the location of the hearing. Judge Boyle hears motions on Thursday, Judge Roberts hears motions on Mondays, Judge Stanton hears motions on Tuesday, and Judge Sabaitis hears motions on Wednesday; however, emergency motions are heard in both the Plymouth and Brockton locations Monday through Friday.

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