Newburyport Family Law

The Attorneys

Karen Galat, the principal of Newburyport Family Law &  Divorce Mediation, was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 1982 after receiving her Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. In 1983, she was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In 1990, she had the honor of being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

While attending Law School and following her graduation, Attorney Galat, was employed as a
paralegal by the Boston firm of Peabody & Brown, and then as an associate in Boston at the
Law Offices of Edmund E. Fleming and the Newburyport law firm formerly known as Beit,
Stevens & O’Flaherty,

In 2000, Attorney Galat opened her own law office in Newburyport where she continued her
Divorce and Family Law practice. She has been named as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) on
numerous occasions by the Essex County Probate & Family Court and is uniquely qualified to
handle cases in which custody is disputed.

From 2002 to 2011, Attorney Galat owned and operated Clipper City Networks, a web
development company, and Snowvillage, a country inn and restaurant  just outside of
Conway, NH. She returned to Newburyport and to the practice of law in 2011 and opened
Newburyport Family Law. Divorce Mediation was added in 2012.

Attorney Galat is a Massachusetts Judicial Designee for the review of Guardianship Reports.
She was formerly the vice president of the Greater Newburyport Bar Association. She is a
member of Essex County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem,
the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law
Counsel and is a zealous advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Debra Quinn, Of Counsel to Newburyport Family Law & Divorce Mediation, was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 2002 after receiving her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Western New England College School of Law. She continued her education following law school and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work summa cum laude in 2012 from Springfield College where she was a Phi Alpha National Social Work Honoree, Nu Tau Chapter.

With an extensive knowledge of family law, child development and family dynamics, Attorney
Quinn’s dual degrees provide her clients with the tools they need to ensure their children will
thrive following separation and divorce. Attorney Quinn is equally dedicated to these same
goals when working with separating and divorcing couples in mediation and when acting as a
Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in complex custody investigations for the Probate Court.

Attorney Quinn was one of the founders and co-facilitators of an award-winning parenting
program known as “Only One Childhood” aimed at helping divorcing and separating parents
understand the effects of their conflict on their children and how to best move them to a
calmer and more peaceful place. Her background also includes experience in domestic  violence, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and crisis management.

Attorney Quinn is a member of the Essex County Bar Association, the Newburyport Bar
Association, the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem and the Massachusetts
Council on Family Mediation. She is also qualified as an “expert” social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and this allows her to understand how the many different systems in a family’s life (work, school, peer groups, etc.) can affect the functioning of its individual members, analyze the strengths and weaknesses within the family, and help our clients arrive at the very best solutions for themselves and their children.

Fees, Costs and Limited Assistance Representation

In almost all cases, we charge by the hour and our rates are reasonable. Clients are expected to cover out of pocket costs, but we will ask for your approval before incurring any cost in excess of $100.

For those seeking assistance with only one issue or for only one court appearance, we offer Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). This allows us to appear for you in court just once, or act as your out of courtroom coach. We can also prepare the documents you may need and provide you with instructions as to where to go when you get to court, how to get your file, where to file your documents and what to say to the judge, all without appearing along with you which can save you hundreds of dollars in legal fees. The advantage is that you will only incur attorney’s fees for those issues you cannot manage on your own.

In every case, we offer a free, one-half hour consultation, so we may get to know each other, learn a little about your case and advise you as to what you might expect in terms of cost.

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