A Home-Field Advantage in Worcester County
If you have a divorce, paternity or other family law matter in or near Massachusetts, you will likely go to court in the Worcester Division of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. In part because of this is a very busy division, the court has adopted different procedures from other Massachusetts family courts. Having a home-field advantage by getting a local family law attorney or divorce law firm is essential.
At The Massachusetts Family Group, you will work with lawyers who practice regularly in Worcester County. We are skilled and dedicated Worcester County family law attorneys who are familiar with the judges, the procedures and the culture of this court.
Learn About the Worcester Judges and Court Procedures
Worcester judges usually hear family court cases at the main courthouse, 225 Main Street, Worcester. Family court matters are sometimes heard in the Fitchburg or Westborough satellite sessions, but that is happening less frequently.
The family court judges assigned to Worcester are:
- First Justice Denise L. Meagher
- Judge Lucille A. DiLeo
- Judge Ronald W. King
- Judge Leilah A. Keamy
- Judge Riley D. Ricci
- Judge Gregory V. Roach
In 2012, the number of cases heard in Worcester will very likely reach 19,000. This includes divorce, separate support, modification, contempt, and restraining order filings this year. Given that there are six judges assigned to hear cases, this is an incredibly busy court.
On a typical morning, a court calendar might have 40 cases. You can expect that your case will start with a probation officer who hopes to reach a full agreement on contested issues before your court appearance before a judge late in the morning or after lunch.
Local and Accessible Attorneys For Your Worcester Family Law Case
With this busy court system, a local family law attorney is critical to your case. You need a lawyer who has a better understanding of the working culture within the court than say, for example, a lawyer from Boston or Springfield. Along with Judicial Case Manager Michael Herman, who is very influential within the court, your attorney should know how the secretaries and clerks are the gate keepers in Worcester. If you can't get past them, you are dead in the water.
At The Massachusetts Family Law Group, our attorneys know the customs, policies and procedures in the Worcester division. We are also close by. Our main office is just off of Main Street, across the street and a little up from the Worcester Probate and Family Court. This gives us an even stronger home-field advantage.
To be more accessible to our clients, we maintain satellite offices in Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Marlboro, and Uxbridge. In one of these convenient locations, we can work with you to practice, drill and rehearse a strategic plan to increase your chances of prevailing in your case and fairly settling your marital dissolution.
Contact The Massachusetts Family Law Group
For a free, no-obligation consultation, call (800) 763-1030 or contact us online. We meet with clients early in the morning, at night, and even on the weekends. We are equipped to handle all family cases that are heard in including those that arise from Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Harvard, Holden, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Rutland, Shrewsbury, , Sturbridge, Uxbridge, Warren, Westborough, and Winchendon.