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Essex County Probate and Family Court - Lawrence
2 Appleton Street
The Essex County Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over probate and family court cases in the following cities and towns: Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, and West Newbury.
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Massachusetts Child Support Services
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Fee Waiver Requests
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Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
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