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Aggressive, diligent, and dedicated
family law representation in
Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

We avoid a "cookie-cutter" approach to litigation. Because no two divorces or custody cases are the same, we begin each case by developing a targeted and proactive legal strategy for the unique circumstances of your case. Find out more about what we can do for you.

Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation at the Law Office of Channe G. Coles,  you'll meet Channe and our team, review the details of your case, get answers to your questions, see how we might work together, and develop a strategic plan for the next steps of your case.

Finding the funds necessary to retain an attorney is a common source of anxiety in litigation. We  know that not having an attorney can have negative life-altering economic consequences, particularly in divorce. There are different manners of representation which might apply to your case.

Welcome to the Law Office of Channe G. Coles

Your trusted destination for family law matters in Santa Barbara, Ventura County, and Santa Maria.

Expert Family Lawyer Santa Barbara | Santa Maria

As dedicated family law attorneys, we specialize in providing empathetic and comprehensive legal services to clients in need of legal guidance and representation. Whether you are facing divorce, child custody disputes, spousal support issues, or property division conflicts, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Our Mission

As Family law attorneys with extensive litigation experience and success, we understand the unique challenges and emotional complexities that our clients face. We provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal counsel to help you navigate these difficult times confidently.

Meet Attorney Channe G. Coles


“Family Lawyers are armchair psychologists, therapists, criminologists, storytellers . . . They are empathizers who ‘have your back’ and who understand your plight.”

Channe Coles is the ideal Family Law attorney.


The married mother of two graduated cum laude from West Los Angeles School of Law in May 2008. She owns a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Philosophy from the California State University.

But, most importantly, she understands firsthand the hardships faced by broken families—especially children. 

Let's Meet to See How We Can Help You

Don't wait to schedule your consultation. Any delays in engaging proactive or reactive measures could drastically change the outcome of your case. Call us today or use our online contact form below.

Family Law and Divorce Lawyer Santa Barbara | Santa Maria

If you have been searching for a Santa Barbara divorce attorney or a divorce lawyer in Santa Maria, we welcome your call. We have earned a reputation throughout California as trusted advocates for individuals seeking divorce, and families seeking resolution and trusted legal representation.


As highly experienced legal professionals, in all post-divorce matters including child custody, property division and spousal support, we take pride in our deep understanding of the legal landscape and our ability to deliver tailored solutions that align with your specific needs and goals.


Over the last decade, we have helped numerous clients with their legal concerns, building a solid track record of success in the process. We bring a wealth of experience to the table, enabling us to handle even the most complex family law cases efficiently and effectively.

Why Hire Us

As Family law attorneys with extensive litigation experience and success, we understand the unique challenges and emotional complexities that our clients face. Our mission is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal counsel to help you navigate these difficult times confidently.

Trust and Authority

At The Law Office of Channe G Coles, we know that trust and authority are vital when selecting a family law attorney. That's why we prioritize building long-lasting relationships with our clients based on open communication, integrity, and respect. We take the time to listen to your unique circumstances, providing personalized attention to detail and offering sound legal advice that protects your rights and interests.


Our team of experienced family law attorneys understands the nuances of the Californian legal system. So whether you require a Santa Barbara divorce attorney or family law attorney, or the services of a Santa Maria family law attorney, we have the knowledge and expertise to handle your case with professionalism and diligence.

California Family Law Experts

With our exclusive focus on California family law, we have developed a deep understanding of the complexities involved in these cases. We stay up to date with the latest laws and precedents to ensure that we provide you with accurate information and strategic guidance. With our guidance, you can make informed decisions that lay the foundation for a positive future for you and your loved ones.

Sensitivity and Empathy

At The Law Office of Channe G Coles, we recognize that each case is unique, and we approach every situation with sensitivity and empathy. Our goal is to minimize conflict while advocating for your best interests, whether through negotiation or, when necessary, litigation. We are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that your voice is heard throughout the legal process.

Dedicated and Experienced

When you choose us as your family law attorney, you can be confident that you have a dedicated and experienced team by your side. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family, while always keeping your well-being and the well-being of your children at the forefront.


If you are in Santa Barbara, Ventura County, or Santa Maria and require the assistance of a family law attorney, we encourage you to reach out to The Law Office of Channe G Coles for a confidential consultation.


We will act as your trusted ally in navigating the complexities of family law and, with our extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and commitment to excellence, we strive to achieve the best possible results for you. Contact us today and let us help you move forward with confidence.

What Clients Are Saying About the Law Office of Channe G. Coles....

"I never felt like my case wasn't being tended to...her compassion is life-changing when going through a divorce." - B.P. on Yelp


Contact Us

Our Santa Barbara Office: 19 E. Mission St. Suite D, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Our Santa Maria Office:  Hunter Commercial Center 204 E. Enos Drive D-3 Santa Maria, CA 93454  Tel: 805-617-4618


Family Law FAQs

What is family law?

Family law is a legal area that deals with matters relating to family relationships and domestic issues. It encompasses various topics, including divorce, child custody, adoption, and spousal support. Family law aims to protect the rights and interests of individuals within the context of familial dynamics and ensures the well-being of all family members involved. 

How to behave during a family law deposition?

During a family law deposition, it is essential to maintain composure and professionalism. Be attentive, listen carefully, and answer questions truthfully and concisely. Avoid volunteering unnecessary information, stay respectful to all parties involved, and consult with your attorney if you have concerns or need guidance throughout the process.

What is contempt of court in family law?

Contempt of court in family law refers to willful disobedience or disrespectful behavior towards the court's authority. It includes actions like failing to comply with orders, disrupting proceedings, or displaying disrespectful conduct. Penalties for contempt can range from fines to imprisonment, serving to uphold the court's integrity and authority.

What is a family law attorney?

A family law attorney specializes in legal matters related to family relationships, such as divorce, child custody, adoption, and spousal support. They provide legal advice and representation and advocate for their client's rights and interests during family law proceedings.

What is a minute order family law?

A minute order in family law is a written document that summarizes court proceedings and decisions made during a hearing or trial. It includes important details such as rulings, orders, and instructions issued by the judge, serving as an official record of the court's actions and decisions in the case.

How much is a family law attorney?

The cost of a family law attorney varies depending on factors like location, experience, and complexity of the case. Hourly rates can range from $150 to $500 or more. Some attorneys may also offer flat fees or retainer agreements for specific services.

How to choose a family law attorney?

When choosing a family law attorney, consider factors such as experience, expertise, reputation, and compatibility. Seek recommendations, conduct research, and schedule consultations to assess their communication style, approach, and understanding of your case. Trust your instincts and select an attorney who makes you feel confident and supported.

Divorce FAQs

Who pays attorney fees in divorce?

In divorce cases, attorney fees are typically the responsibility of each party involved. However, it can vary depending on the specific circumstances, agreements, and the court's discretion. Parties may be responsible for their fees, or one party may be ordered to contribute to the other's attorney fees based on factors like financial capability and fairness.

How to choose a divorce attorney.

When selecting a divorce attorney, consider their experience, expertise in family law, reputation, and communication style. Seek recommendations, research online, and schedule consultations to evaluate their compatibility with your needs. Choose an attorney who understands your goals and provides the support and guidance you require during the divorce process.

Do you need a lawyer for divorce?

While not required, having a lawyer for divorce is highly recommended. An attorney can provide legal expertise, protect your rights, navigate complex processes, negotiate settlements, and advocate for your best interests. They ensure a fair resolution and help minimize stress during divorce proceedings.

How much does a divorce lawyer cost?

The cost of a divorce lawyer varies based on factors like location, experience, complexity, and the lawyer's fee structure. Hourly rates can range from $150 to $500 or more. Some lawyers offer flat fees or package deals. It's best to consult with attorneys to discuss their specific fees and payment arrangements.

How to file for divorce without an attorney.

To file for divorce without an attorney, you can start by researching your jurisdiction's requirements and forms. Complete the necessary paperwork accurately, ensuring all relevant information is included. Consider seeking assistance from self-help resources, family court facilitators, or online divorce services to navigate the process effectively.

Can one attorney represent both parties in a divorce?

In most cases, one attorney cannot represent both parties in a divorce. This is because each party is entitled to independent legal representation to ensure their rights and interests are protected. Each party should have their own attorney to advocate on their behalf.

What to ask a divorce lawyer?

When consulting a divorce lawyer, ask about their experience, fees, and the divorce process. Inquire about strategies for achieving your goals, potential outcomes, and the timeline involved. Seek clarification on communication and updates, as well as any specific concerns or questions relevant to your case.

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