On this page we are compiling links to the full text of important Massachusetts Appellate Cases on Family Law and Divorce decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
These cases are for educational purpose only and should not be used for any official or legal purpose. Please consult official reports. Below you will be able to search for Massachusetts Appeals Court Slip Opinions and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Slip Opinions relating to Adoption.
Mother appealed a Juvenile Court decree finding her daughter in need of care and protection and dispensing with her consent to adoption. The court held that the trial court did not err in: admitting maternal grandmother’s grand jury testimony that was inconsistent with her testimony at trial, denying mother’s motion to recall the maternal grandmother as a witness, finding the mother unfit, finding the mother was present during father’s shaking of the child, drawing a negative inference against mother for not testifying, and denying post-termination visitation. Additionally, the court noted that even if the trial court did err in admitting the entire transcript of the maternal grandmother’s grand jury testimony, it was a harmless error.
ADOPTION OF DOUGLAS (and five companion cases [Note 1]) 473 Mass. 1024 February 17, 2016 Oral Arguments: 2015/SJC_11918 These cases are appeals of consolidated care and protection petitions concerning six children — Douglas, Tom, Brian, Mark, Cole, and Frank. The appeals are brought by the biological mother of the six children; by the biological father of the two oldest