Beverly MA Child Support Attorney

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Representation for Divorcing and Nontraditional Families

Raising a child is expensive. Food, clothing, medical care and the cost of educational opportunities add up quickly. In certain circumstances, it may be difficult for one parent to shoulder all necessary expenses. Establishing a child support agreement that meets the specific needs of your situation is very important.

Even if you and your spouse or partner are ending your relationship, it does not end your parental responsibilities. You are still financially accountable for the well-being of the child or children you share. At David M. Gabriel & Associates, our child support lawyers represent clients in establishing an initial child support agreement and in matters involving modification and enforcement actions.

To speak with David M. Gabriel, a family lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, contact us at 978-712-4825 or 978-998-6829. Appointments can be made at any of our three convenient office locations — Beverly, Salem, Burlington or Massachusetts.

Attorney David Gabriel is a familiar face at the Essex County Probate & Family Court in Salem, Massachusetts, the Middlesex County Probate & Family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in Canton, Massachusetts and the Suffolk County Probate & Family Court in Boston, Massachusetts. Attorney Gabriel is well-known and well-respected among peers, judges and court personnel.

Determining Child Support

Determination of child support payments is typically a straightforward matter based on state guidelines. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to deviate from the standard, particularly if a child has significant medical expenses.

Ensuring each parent has provided accurate financial information to the courts is critical to the outcome of a child support agreement. If your child's other parent is self-employed, or if you suspect they are sheltering income, we use sophisticated methods to make certain the court has correct financial information.

Child support orders issued in Massachusetts are enforceable in all states under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Child Support and College Contributions

In Massachusetts, a child, between the ages of 18 and 23, may be emancipated for child support purposes. This classification hinges on whether the child is dependent upon the custodial parent for support or whether the child is attending school full time.

Arrangements can be made to share college tuition costs following a divorce. This can be done through a child support or divorce modification or a mutual decision by the parents when finalizing their divorce decree. We can also advise clients on issues involving pre-tax contributions to 529 college savings plans.

Contact Our Law Offices in Beverly, Salem or Burlington

For experienced counsel in child support matters, contact David M. Gabriel & Associates by calling 978-712-4825 or 978-998-6829. We accept credit cards and offer evening or weekend appointments as needed.