Coronavirus Family Law Information

GBLS Services During the Coronavirus

FAMILY LAW/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Family Law Unit is still accepting new cases and referrals for victims and survivors of domestic violence with contested custody matters in Probate and Family Court (Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk counties). Community partners are encouraged to continue to call for consultation regarding their clients.
 

There are three ways to contact us.

If you need information or have questions about moving out of state to escape violence or crime, you can call our Relocation Counseling Project and 617-603-1557 and leave a message.

Here is some information about the courts and your family law case or restraining order case

 

COURTHOUSE and SCHEDULED HEARING INFORMATION

  • The Probate and Family Courts are closed to the public until May 4. If you already have a court date before May 4, 2020, you will receive a notice from the court with a new date. ALL CURRENT COURT ORDERS, INCLUDING ABUSE PREVENTION ORDERS (“restraining order”) will remain in full force and effect until the new hearing date.
  • The District Courts are also closed to the public. If you need an abuse prevention order, you should go to your local police department to request one. The police will assist in arranging a telephone “hearing” with the judge on duty.

IF YOU ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER, PLEASE DIAL 9-1-1.

  • You can also call SafeLink if you are in need of emergency services, including legal advocacy, and shelter and other services. That number is 877-785-2020. Advocates are available 24-7.

FOR OTHER FAMILY LAW COURT INFORMATION click here

SERVICES AVAILABLE TO EXISTING AND NEW CLIENTS/COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Family Law Unit advocates continue to work on existing cases remotely and we are accepting requests for new cases during this time. 

Our Relocation Counseling Project “warm line” remains open [counsel, advice, brief services to people seeking to relocate due to DV or other crimes]. Please call 617-603-1557.

Existing clients: you can call your advocate directly, leave a message at 617-603-1803 or you can email them directly.

New clients:

There are three ways to reach us:

  • You can call 617-603-1803 and leave a message with your name and telephone number. Someone will call you back
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    • IF IT IS NOT SAFE TO CALL YOU BACK, PLEASE LET US KNOW THAT AND TELL US WHEN IT MIGHT BE SAFE TO CALL.
    • IF IT NOT SAFE TO LEAVE A MESSAGE ON YOUR VOICE MAIL, PLEASE LET US KNOW THAT.

  • You can submit a request for services at our on-line intake page 
  • You can send an email to familylawintake@gbls.org 

Community Partners:

To make a referral