First hand experience the Massachusetts family courts DO NOT know the truth about the children involved with custody cases before. The court only understands which lawyer is paid more to lie. My child’s father who has a history of abuse, I have broken ribs from him, history of drug abuse and i had an several restraining orders against him. Did the court know any of this? Nope. His cousin Ted was an ambulance chaser, and all around general lawyer who did not handle child custody cases was his free lawyer. I lost custody in Massachusetts DCF.