Mass. R. Dom. Rel. P. Rule 1
Scope of Rules
These rules govern the procedure in the Probate and Family Court Department in all proceedings for divorce, separate support, and custody of minor children, annulment or affirmation of marriage, an action for spousal and/or child support, an action to determine paternity and/or support for a child born out of wedlock, modification thereof, contempt and abuse prevention as enumerated in General Laws, Chapters 207, 208, 209, 209A, 209C, 215 and 209D. They shall be construed to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action they govern.