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Carolyn Louise Torres-Mabe

Divorce and separation Attorney at Decatur, GA

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Carolyn completed her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Emory University. In 2001, Carolyn received her law degree from Emory School of Law. Immediately after law school, Carolyn practiced criminal law for six years. During this time, she was able to polish her courtroom talents and approach. In 2007, Carolyn made the transition to family law. She has extensive experience handling a variety of family law matters, such as child custody, divorce, annulment, and more. 

Licensed for 21 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Mabe Family Law
One West Court Square
Suite 750
Decatur, GA, 30030

Reviews

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Posted by Mario | May 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Well-Informed Family Law Advocate
I retained Carolyn in 2014 for a pretty straight-forward divorce. The case was finalized within a more-than-reasonable time frame, a credit to Carolyn's efficiency. However, a residual issue agreed upon by me and my ex wife in the final decree required me to consult Carolyn once again in late 2017. I was pleasantly surprised that Carolyn remembered me as well as the key details of my case. She wasted no time in contacting my ex wife getting rapid and pretty painless resolution to our residual issue. Without a doubt, Carolyn is extremely knowledgeable about the "legal/professional piece" of her work, but in family law especially, there is also a great deal of emotional heaviness at play for all parties involved. A great lawyer is keenly aware of the of emotional piece and uses that awareness to navigate her client through the process. Certainly Carolyn was sensitive to me as her client, but she also managed with sensitivity all of her dealings with my ex wife. I respect her highly for that. Carolyn Torres-Mabe is a great lawyer and I recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by carlos | January 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable, approachable, a real pro
I have known Carolyn Torres-Mabe for over a decade and in many occasions her advise has helped me understand various aspects of the law. To every question I've asked, she's provided solid and satisfactory answers. She's a very competent lawyer and also a person of high integrity. In terms of Family Law, her personal experience -- wife, mom, stepmom -- gives her additional insights and compassion, which clients can appreciate as they go through the legal process.
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Posted by Chance | September 14, 2011
Highly recommended
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ms. Torres-Mabe on two different occasions. The first was as representation during a very contentious divorce, and the second, a breach of contract dispute. Not only was she always thoroughly prepared, she remained in constant contact and seemed to take a personal interest in protecting me and my family during both engagements. Issues requiring legal counsel can often be some of the most stressful and trying experiences a person will ever face. It was very reassuring during this process to know that my attorney would respond quickly and compassionately to any of my requests or concerns. Knowledge and competency are to be expected when engaging an attorney. An attorney that offers those things and treats you as a personal friend in the process can make a potentially unsettling experience much more bearable. I regularly recommend Ms. Torres-Mabe to any of my friends or family that need legal guidance and would not hesitate for a moment to engage her again should I need an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor Results Cannot Recommend
I cannot recommend Carolyn. She represented me in a TPO defense that my wife filed. She is friends with opposing counsel and my perception is that she did not take her fiduciary responsibility seriously. She worked with the other attorney with revisions for several days prior to the hearing and only presented me with the hard copy of the agreement in the late afternoon the day before the hearing. The consent agreement was gave my wife exactly what she wanted and denied me visitation of my child for a full year at minimum, not even supervised visitation. I ended up firing her after this hearing but the damage had already been done. I received subsequent legal advice that the judge would have granted supervised visitation if I had only had my attorney ask at the hearing.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor recommendations and negotiations
I used Carolyn for 2 years for divorce and child custody. She was very responsive, empathetic and professional but I found she lacked aggression and negotiation skills but mostly she made poor recommendations. She recommended Heather Wright as guardian ad litem when was disastrous (high legal bills, unilateral decisions, power struggles and long delays). Turns out ms wright was a business attorney and both me and my ex spouse found her to lack qualifications to investigate child custody cases. Ms mabe also uses Pam Anderson from resolve to solve as her mediator who lacks the objectivity and legal experience to mediate such cases. I later found out the GAL (Heather wright) and mediator (Pam Anderson) are friends and I question whether this is why they were recommended. Bullying, coercion and unprofessional tactics were used that resulted in a poorly crafted final order. Ms mabe also recommended Sarah Brogdon as a parent coordinator. Although ms Brogdon has many years experience ms mabe never followed up with ms Brogdon nor disputed any findings of the parent coordinator. Ms Brogdon seemed to recommended frequently by a group of attorneys which questioned all of these individuals objectivity. If you have an uncontested divorce ms mabe will be fine. If you have a complex custody case she most likely will suggest a GAL which I would not recommend and if you have to use one per court order I would run as far away as possible if she recommends Heather C Wright who I found to be hot headed, abrasive, zealous with her billing and lacking boundaries on what constituents "best interest of children." By the way I am the primary custodial parent who "won" my case and who was highly recommended in GALs report by ms wright yet I would never use any of these legal professionals ever again nor would I ever recommend their services. I recommend, based on my experience, to research and highly consider staying away from Heather wright, Sarah Brogdon, Pam Anderson (resolve to solve) and Gibbs and mabe for divorce or child custody.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mabe Family Law
  • 2017 - Present

Education

  • Emory University
  • J.D.
  • 2001
  • Emory University
  • B.A.
  • 1996
  • Emory University
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A

Associations

  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Carolyn
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Carolyn is an excellent family law attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with her in a domestic matter as opposing counsel. Carolyn is a zealous advocate, but she is also extremely ethical and fair. I highly recommend Carolyn as I believe that she is dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carolyn. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked on a contested divorce with Carolyn for the better part of a year. She was always courteous and knowledgeable while strongly advocating on behalf of her client. You cannot go wrong choosing Carolyn as your family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had an intense, contentious divorce case against Carolyn in 2010. She could easily have escalated emotions and made settlement impossible, but chose not to. I found her to be an ethical attorney. Christie Ayotte"

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Decatur Divorce and separation Lawyer Carolyn Louise Torres-Mabe
Carolyn Louise Torres-Mabe
Divorce and separation Attorney
Decatur, GA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation