Legal Information: Massachusetts

Know the Laws - By State

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about abuse prevention orders and harassment prevention orders, as well as moving in and out of state with a protective order.

State-specific information about custody in Massachusetts.

Basic information about child support in Massachusetts.

This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent’s consent.

General information about divorce with links to Massachusetts-specific information.

A victim of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or stalking can terminate his/her tenancy or get the landlord to change the locks to his/her door.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Massachusetts and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.