The Family Law Office of Annette Hall Neville is an experienced, client-centric family law firm located in Encinitas, Ca in San Diego County. Our attorneys work hand-in-hand with each client to aid in all matters associated with:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Marriage dissolution
- Property division
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Custody and visitation issues
- Domestic violence restraining orders
Whether it is through negotiation, mediation, or going to court, our goal is always to put all parties involved especially the children through the least amount of stress and strife as possible and to achieve a timely resolution with minimal confrontation.
If you are facing a crossroads in your marriage, and separation or divorce is likely, we have the knowledge to help protect you and your children, and to avoid common mistakes, that will save you time and expense.
We work discretely and constructively with opposing parties and attorneys on what can at times be dramatic, charged and divisive proceedings. Whether you need a family lawyer or divorce attorney, a confidential, complimentary phone consultation is only a call away.
Annette has been practicing exclusively in family law since she graduated from law school. She opened her own family law practice in 2005. Annette loves her work because she believes that assisting families in moving through the challenges of the divorce process is important work that is not meant for the faint-of-heart.
After a career as a professional dancer, Annette attended the University of California at San Diego as a writing major with a minor in French Literature. She graduated Summa cum Laude. She was also inducted into UCSD’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She then attended California Western School of Law on a full academic scholarship, graduating Cum Laude. She has practiced exclusively family law since becoming an attorney. She opened her own practice in Encinitas, California in 2005.
Certified Family Law Specialist
Annette is certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in Family Law. In order to be certified, an attorney must have substantial experience in family law, including both litigation and negotiation experience, pass a written test on complex family law issues, and receive the recommendations of family law attorneys with whom they have worked and judges before whom they have appeared in court. Certified specialists have rigorous continuing education requirements, which she far exceeds. She travels all over California for seminars and presentations on family law issues and trial advocacy. To learn more about Certified Specialists visit the “How to select an Attorney” page.
After attending University of California – Santa Barbara, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in History and Law & Society, Carrie began her career in family law in 2006 as a legal assistant. Carrie has worked exclusively in family law since she entered the legal field. She became a paralegal in 2007, and in 2008 began working for the Law Office of Annette Hall Neville while attending law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She became an associate attorney of the firm in 2012.
Carrie’s diligence and attention to detail are second-to-none. She is a vital part of our practice. Clients and colleagues alike respect her work ethic and easy demeanor.
In her spare time, Carrie enjoys gardening, traveling to see friends, planning parties, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and two dogs. Carrie is compassionate, giving with her time, and thoroughly enjoys assisting clients in their family law matters.
Memberships and Involvement in the Legal Community
Carrie is a member of the State Bar of California, San Diego Family Law Bar Association (SDFLBA), the North County Bar Association (NCBA), and previously participated in the Inns of Court (Hon. Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Chapter) (2013-2014).
Although not a member, since 2013 Carrie has managed the North County Family Law Specialists’ “Third Thursday” continuing education seminars.
Since 2014, Carrie has been a guide for the San Diego Superior Court’s “Youth in Court” day.
In February 2018, Carrie was on the San Diego Superior Court Local Rules Committee as a representative from the SDFLBA.
Kim practices family law exclusively. Her experience in family law began in 1998, as a paralegal, after she graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and received her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego. After years of gaining valuable knowledge and on-the-job experience, Kim attended Concord Law School while continuing to work full-time as a paralegal. In 2012, Kim passed the California Bar Exam. Kim became an associate attorney of the firm in 2016.
Areas of Practice
- Custody and Visitation
- Property Division
- Child Support
For spouses who wish to end their relationship in the same manner as divorce, without actually divorcing, a legal separation is an option. A judgment of legal separation determines all the same issues as a divorce, except that it does not terminate your status as a legally married couple. There are a number of scenarios where a judgment of legal separation might be an appropriate choice. Ms. Hall Neville provides clients with a free telephone consultation to determine whether or not legal separation is something they may want to pursue.
Marital Settlement Agreement
When spouses choose to settle their case rather than go to trial (which most spouses do), they enter into a marital settlement agreement. The agreement delineates the terms of settlement on all issues, and is then filed as part of the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage (the order that makes your divorce official).
Hiring an attorney does not mean you are going to trial. In fact, a family law attorney can help you decide whether or not going to trial is the optimal choice. Your attorney can also help you come to a fair settlement with the opposing party, and ensure that you understand exactly how a marital settlement agreement affects your rights now and in the future.
Paternity issues often arise when two unmarried parties have children together. In some situations, it is important that a parent-child relationship is established; this can be done though a Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship. It is important to establish this legal relationship in order to gain the numerous legal rights this status confers, including rights regarding custody and visitation, the child’s right to inheritance, immigration rights, and more. You must also establish this relationship if you want to request child support.
Department of Child Support Services
The Department of Child Support Services is a government agency that can establish child support orders, enforce existing child support orders, modify current child support orders, and establish paternity. If you are involved with the Department of Child Support Services, or need help understanding when to seek help from the Department of Child Support Services, contact Ms. Hall Neville for a free telephone consultation.
In divorce cases, trials are expensive, time-consuming, and exhausting – both emotionally and physically. Even if you’re fortunate enough to obtain the outcome you want at trial, you will often have spent more than you have gained. Mediation allows the parties to a divorce to present their case before a neutral mediator, in the hope of reaching an agreement without the need for litigation.
Mediation can occur with or without the parties being assisted by attorneys. However, a mediator is not allowed to provide any legal advice to either spouse. Having your own attorney means you have access to important legal advice about your rights during the mediation. An attorney can also advise you on whether or not offers you are making and/or receiving are fair and wise. If you have questions about mediation, contact Ms. Hall Neville for a complimentary telephone consultation.
Prenuptial agreements are not always necessary, but can be important to parties who have significant assets that they want to prevent their future spouse from acquiring an ownership interest in. While California law provides a lot of legal protection for assets obtained prior to marriage and after separation, a prenuptial agreement can fill in any gaps not addressed by statute or law.
Additionally, many people believe that only the spouse who wants to protect his or her assets needs a prenuptial agreement. These people are gravely mistaken. If you are marrying someone who is entering the marriage with significant assets, you may want to ensure that, if the marriage ends you will be financially protected. An experienced family law attorney can help parties come to a fair and binding prenuptial agreement prior to the marriage. If you have questions about a prenuptial agreement, contact Ms. Hall Neville for a complimentary telephone consultation to discuss your options.
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