From 425 Main Street in Greenfield, the Franklin County Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over divorce, paternity, and domestic abuse matters of its residents living in Greenfield, Montague, Orange, and surrounding areas.
Starting in 2012, there have typically been two judges assigned to the Franklin County Division of the Probate and Family Court: First Justice Geoffrey A. Wilson and the Honorable Stephen M. Rainaud.
Courtroom Procedure in Franklin County Divorce Cases
Most motion sessions are heard on Mondays, and when you enter the courtroom in Franklin County, do not chew gum, wear a hat, read the newspaper, or display any disrespectful conduct while waiting for your case to be called. Even taking in a pager, cell phone, or any noise-making devise will be viewed as your being problematic.
Franklin County is not a busy division of the Probate and Family Court. Accordingly, many motions can be sent to the court by mail - without the need for appearance by counsel or the parties. Those matters most often accepted for routine allowance are Motions for Temporary Orders which have resulted in an agreement by both parties, Motions to Implement Wage Assignment through the Department of Revenue, Motions for Short Order of Notice on Complaints for Contempt, and Dismissal of Complaints.
In Franklin County, the Attorney Who You Hire
Should Give You the "Home-Court Advantage"
That You Need - and Deserve!
The Franklin County judges tend to handle their rules of procedure somewhat differently than the judges and courthouses in neighboring counties. For that reason, you need to retain a divorce lawyer that knows the nuances of the Franklin County Family Court.
The divorce and custody attorneys from Massachusetts Family Law Group bring concentrated representation to Franklin County - and throughout Massachusetts. While the regional headquarters of our boutique firm are located in both Springfield and Worcester, we regularly service our local clients in Greenfield, Northfield, and South Deerfield to provide a home-town advantage for our clients in complex marital dissolutions and high conflict custody cases.
If You Have Questions, We Have Answers
To schedule a no-obligation consultation, call ( 800) 763-1030 or contact us online to meet with one of our Franklin County divorce attorneys. We work day in and day out in many of the same places and courthouses, so we know how things work.