COVID-19 / MA AFCC Updates

1. The MA AFCC annual conference is canceled.

  • All those who paid online have received a full refund. If you paid online and did not receive a refund, contact Josh Hoch at

2. Standing Order 2-20. Click to Read

3. ​​Trial Court Emergency Announcement Info:

  • The Trial Court uses a single, statewide, toll-free number, 1-855-MA COURT, (855-622-6878) for announcements on emergency closures.  This number can accommodate calls from court staff and court users and will simplify our emergency notification system. 
  • Twitter,  or @macourtclosings 

4. Probate and Family Court Standing Order 3-20: Guardian ad litem Evaluations, Investigations, and Reports in the Probate and Family Court In light of COVID-19 Emergency - click here. - Updated May 7, 2020

5. Temp Amendment to Standing Order 2-16 - click here.

6. Administering Oaths at Depositions via Remote Audio-Video Communication Equipment - click here.​​

7. Open Letter Regarding Co-Parenting during COVID-19 from Chief Justice Casey - click here.

8.  Video - The spread of the Coronavirus has created myriad new challenges for families

and family court professionals. On  March 25, 2020, AFCC presented an opportunity to

ask questions and learn from a discussion with two family court experts, who

are themselves experiencing these challenges for the first time.

  • Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP, is former AFCC President of and former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee and Board certified in Couple and Family Psychology.
  • Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D., is the current AFCC President and former Associate member of the APA Ethics Committee
  • To view the video - click here.