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David Alfred Carroll

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pensacola, FL

4.3   18 reviews
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 28 years
    Arkansas - AR 31 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1995
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Let me put my experience to work for you. I have handled well over 2000 Divorce cases on a contested and uncontested basis. Divorce and other Family Law matters make up the majority of my cases.

    32 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Family
    Let me put my experience to work for you. I have personally handled well over 2000 Divorce and Family cases. Call me if you need help with Divorce, Military Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Division of Property. Dependency, etc.

  3. Child abuse
    Are you fighting DCF? I help many parents with their Dependency cases and worked to keep their children or to get them back. Child Abuse, Dependency, DCF, Children and Families, Termination of Parental Rights, TPR, Case Plan, Parenting, Reunification

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Child custody
    Child custody cases are some of the most difficult case any lawyer will ever handle. I do this daily. Let me help you fight for your children. Have a Dependency case? I will help you fight DCF.

    32 years

  5. Adoption
    Adoption, Stepparent Adoption, Termination of Parental Rights, Do you need help to vacate or stop an adoption?

    32 years

  6. Criminal defense
    Felony and Misdemeanor. Over 24 years of experience in Pensacola, Escambia county, Milton, Santa Rosa county, Florida

    32 years

  7. Personal injury
    Personal Injury: Let me help you with your accident or other personal injury claim.

    32 years


         I have been litigating cases in Pensacola, Escambia and Santa Rosa County and the Florida Panhandle for over 25 years.  I enjoy the challenge of complex cases, designing strategies for success and then fighting through to a great result. I can help you with your HURRICANE claims, automobile accidents, family law, divorce, custody, child support and probate issues. I will fight DCF. If you have been turned down by others, don't give up until you give me a call. Be sure to check out my website at  






Parenting Coordination:         Carmela Porter, and I recognized a need for parenting assistance in high conflict divorces above what the adversarial system provides. We worked with our local family law judges to institute a program to provide services in the most extreme cases. These cases often involve parties with mental health problems and extreme personality difficulties.


Attorney Guardian Ad Litem Program:          I saw a need in the family law legal setting to provide the court with thorough and unbiased information regarding children, parents, and extended families to assist the judges in making difficult parenting determinations. The adversarial judicial method of conducting a dissolution of marriage can create hostile family situations in which the children are used as weapons against others. I initially raised the proposal in a conference with Circuit Judge Marci Goodman who supported the idea. Attorney, Gayle Ryba and I then framed the structure of the program. This program is different than the volunteer Guardian Ad Litem program. This program requires trained attorneys to work closely with the families to gather pertinent information for the Court. The attorneys agree take a reduced hourly rate to make this service available to families and the judicial system in our community.


Arkansas Law Talk:                While living in Arkansas I saw a need for minorities in our community to have access to a quality legal information/education. I established the television program “Arkansas Law Talk” on a minority station. This pre-recorded show featured weekly guests including the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.


Political Science Department:I developed a recording procedure for my performance as a student at Florida State University participating in an independent study/internship. The Political Science Department Dean found the procedure exceptional and adopted it for all future students.



   1995 - Present             The Florida Bar - All State Courts, Attorney in Good Standing

   1992 - Present             The Arkansas Bar - All State Courts, Attorney in Good Standing

   1992 - Present             United States District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas - Attorney in Good Standing

   2012 - Present            Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator

   2013 - Present            Qualified Parenting Coordinator

   2008 - Present            Approved Attorney Guardian Ad Litem



   1995 to Present           Pensacola India Association - President - 2010 - Present

   1995 to Present           The Florida Bar - Member

   1995 to Present           The Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association - Member

   1992 to Present           The Arkansas Bar Association - Member

   2007,2008                   Co-Founder and Race Director for  ESRBA Century Ride, Milton, Florida

   1996 to Present           ESRBA Family Law Committee

   1999 to Present           Woodbridge Home-owner’s Association, President, 1999 - 2001

   1990’s                         St. Paul Lutheran Church, Church Council Member 

   1960's to Present         Member, St. Paul Lutheran Church

   1993 - 1994                 Arkansas State Jaycees - Legal Counsel



Top Contributor 2016,2015,2014
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David A. Carroll, Attorney over 22 years. Native to Pensacola, Former Legislative Research Analyst for the State of Florida at the Capitol Building, Former Conflict Attorney for the Florida Dept. of Revenue. Aggressive, Experienced Family Law Attorney.


David A. Carroll, Attorney at Law
The Old City Building
201 E. Government Street
Pensacola, FL, 32502


4.3 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Ted | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Mr. David Carroll was my attorney from Feb 2015 thru Sept 2016 until my divorce/child custody case was final. In Jan 2015 My world was turned upside down when my wife left me with both my kids (we only one together I had one from a previous relationship) so I began my search for a attorney. I was given Mr. Carroll's phone number thru a friend who had heard about Mr. Carroll thru his inner circle of friends. I met with Mr. Carroll and his staff, let me tell you the minute I meet him I had a Peace in my heart and knew he was the one. Mr. Carroll was hired immediately, from the minute his office was hired he was so involved in my case it was awesome and when I say involved he cares, not just him but his entire office to include Mrs. Cheley and Mrs. Adidi. Mr. Carroll is extremely honest and let me tell you he will work extremely hard on your case and not just him Mrs. Cheley his assistant she worked until midnight three weeks straight before my case went to court. Yes my case went to trial and you talk about being prepared his office was so prepared even the Judge saw and mentioned it doing trial. The opposing attorney was known of being a bull dog and nasty but Mr. Carroll never wavered on his moral character and never stooped to her level. It was refreshing that there is a honest and truly Blessed attorney out there. So let's talk about the out come, I ended getting shared custody yes shared custody which at the beginning of all this you of never guessed I would of gotten that with my son every single attorney I meet with prior told me no way will you never get fifty percent custody and Mr. Carroll never said that what he did say was do the right thing keep a level Head and the LORD will take care of us and this case. Guess what he was right. In addition, I also received other equities and money I never ever thought I would get. Now let me talk about another person I mentioned a little bit her name is Mrs. Cheley. Let me tell you she balances that office and it is amazing. What I mean about that statement is Mr. Carroll is very caring and optimistic but Mrs. Cheley will tell you how it is and if you are acting foolish she will tell you but she only tells you how it is because she cares and she knows the law and system. Let me tell you during my case I acted foolish and she pulled me aside and said "Ted you better stop being a knucklehead and take a deep breath and stop acting emotionally and think about the big picture your son." Let me tell you that was a true wake up call. Let's talk about money real quick this was very expensive I won't lie about that but you can not put a price on your kids trust me when I say that. At times I had trouble paying but he never left me or said you better pay or I will not represent you he never said that. In fact he said don't worry we will figure it out and guess what we did. So I know this long but this is an important decision and I would tell you do not waste your time with other attorneys who will tell you anything you want to hear MR. CARROLL AND HIS STAFF ARE THE BEST JUST CALL THEM AND TALK TO THEM. GOD BLESS!!!!!
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Posted by JWC | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast and Efficient Lawyer
I hired Mr. Carroll for my custody case less than a month ago. He filed my paperwork as an emergency and I was awarded full custody the same day he sent it to the judge. His assistant Shelly is very efficient and knowledgeable. I am very impressed with Mr. Carroll and his staff. They definitely get things done right.
Posted by Candys | October 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Treated Me Like a Person, Not Just a Case
It is rare to find an attorney who listens to you, addresses your concerns, and will fight for what's best for your family. David Carroll always treated my case with the care it deserved, knowing the outcome would make a huge difference for myself and my kids. He was always upfront with me on what's in the realm of possible within the law but explained things to me in the kindest way possible. He was relentless in looking at my case from every angle and, in the end, we got the outcome I was looking for and my family life has changed for the better. I can't thank him and his team enough!
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Posted by Sarah Parker | February 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly knowledgeable
When you go through a divorce there is nothing easy about the process. David and his staff were very professional and assisted me in everything that I needed. He knew his stuff. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David is an Excellent Attorney!
David was fantastic! He is very thorough and knows his stuff! He was my attorney for my divorce and he helped me get sole custody of my child. His staff is great as well and they are always friendly. David is always available whether it is by phone or email and he always made me feel like my case was important. He always kept me informed on everything about my case. He was a pleasure to do business with and I would highly recommend David Carroll if you need an attorney!
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Posted by Ellen | December 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer In Pensacola
Mr Carroll handled my divorce. Within the first month of hiring him, he got me temporary alimony and child support. At the trial I was awarded almost everything I asked for. Mr Carroll did everything he said he would. Best lawyer in Pensacola. Thank you Mr Carroll.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible lawyer
This is a great lawyer and a great firm. Everyone was so supportive and I was treated like family. I could not be happier with outcome of my case. If you want fair, honest, hard working legal representation, David Carroll is the man for you. Such a great group of people. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.
Posted by Tim | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in town!
I hired David for my complicated divorce modification. He was able to successfully change custody. He kept me informed throughout the entire case and let me know what to expect. My case took about 10 months but the outcome was worth the wait. He is definitely a skilled trial lawyer. He did really well during trial. I would use his services again.
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Posted by T.B. | January 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I was referred to David Carroll by a coworker for my for divorce. He went to battle for me. He and his staff even answered my emails and returned my calls on the weekend when an emergency occurred. His staff is friendly and supportive. The paralegals, Cheley and Julie were amazing. During the most difficult time in my divorce, they would call and check on me and my kids. I can't say enough wonderful things about Mr. Carroll, Cheley and Julie. He fights for what is right. I highly recommend Mr. Carroll. Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and kindness.
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Posted by Karen | June 9, 2015
Strategic, Smart and Compassionate
David Carroll took the time to listen to me and always made time to personally answer my questions. He is a fantastic attorney and I highly recommend him! His staff is compassionate and understanding. I was kept informed throughout the entire process. Thank you for getting me through the hardest time in my life and making sure I was awarded what I deserved. If you want to win your case, David Carroll is your guy!
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Posted by Mike | September 16, 2013
David Carroll Divorce Attorney
David Carroll is a very thorough and knowledgeable lawyer. His entire staff, Julie in particular, compliments the professionalism David offers. I was always informed of updates or changes, also kept aware when things slowed down. I recommend Mr David Carroll's services to anybody needing a divorce lawyer; also, he knows military divorce too!
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Posted by Erika | July 10, 2012
Great lawyer, went above and beyond
David A Carroll went above and beyond my expectations. He helped me win a case that was very tough against the misinformed state. He was always informative, he always gave the best legal advice I definitely recommend him for all family law matters!
Posted by Rachele | February 27, 2012
Excellent and patient lawyer.
David A. Carroll did an excellent job on what became an extremely long and complicated case. I believe that without an attorney with the attention to detail and extreme patience and confidence that Carroll had, I would not have custody of my child today. He was always available for questions, always gave me any information pertaining to my case promptly and fought for my parental rights in the face of some pretty heavy opposition. If you have a child custody case, call Mr. David A. Carroll.
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Posted by Mary | February 14, 2012
Professional, Honest, and Trustworthy
In 2010 I was referred to David Carroll by an attorney friend. Knowledgeable and compasionate, he went above and beyond the call of duty to successfully get me through my anxiety-filled divorce. You will be proud to be his client.
Posted by Jami Clevenger | January 25, 2012
Good Lawyer for Family Court
Mr. Carroll is a good lawyer especially for Family Court issues. He helped get me awarded the child support my daughter needed. A lawyer is only as good as the information you can provide to him and I was very careful to have documented everything over the years and turn it over to him when requested. I disagree with the previous reviewer.
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Posted by Justin | August 2, 2014
Called to set up meeting to get info he rather talk on the phone. I rather come in to sit down and get info. also tells a lot of stories. Charged me two hours on mediation which was only 45 mins. Not my fault the place took forever with the other case. Also really never showed up for court. How in the heck can i not even go to court trail and blew through 3500?
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Response from David Carroll November 17, 2014
I appreciate my clients concerns in this matter. It appears I did not do a good job advising my client of the behind the scenes work, research, conferences with opposing counsel, and discussions that took place in securing for him a very positive outcome. Many people do not realize that the actual in court, in the presence of the judge, work is very small compared to the amount of work done out of court. Lawyer TV shows make being and attorneys seem very glamorous, lawyers parading around the courthouse, and lawyers presenting their cases to the judges and juries. This actually happens to not be the case most of the time. I do handle many dependency cases involving serious child abuse. The state does get it wrong sometimes. When they get it wrong, my clients expect me to correct it. In this case we did correct the understanding and saved the client's job as well. It was a great outcome for my client. I am always open to discussing the case with my clients. I present the clients with a monthly statement showing what actions have taken place during the case and what the cost has been. Additionally financial accounting is available to the client within a reasonable period of time normally within a few days. The client is free and open to discuss the issues, finances, accounting, and billing at any time during the progress of the case. Wishing you all the best, David A. Carroll
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2013
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Response from David Carroll November 17, 2014
Yes, it is true that I was able to present the court with sufficient legal argument and evidence to have his case entirely thrown out. It is true that this was done on very short notice. It is true that I was able to handle the clients matter for less than the quoted retainer and that the client received a refund. It appears we had a problem when I could not get the money back to him quickly enough (immediately). I did explain that all client monies are placed in a client trust account for the money remains until I or my office performs work/earns pay and withdrawals the funds. I take very seriously the protection and security of my client's money, therefore only two people manage the money in my office, myself and my bookkeeper. I explained to my client that my bookkeeper had in fact been injured, was not at work, was actually hospitalized, and was not available immediately. I did make a timely refund of the unused portions of the retainer. I realize that many law firms work on a minimum fee retainer under which the retainer is earned the moment it is paid regardless of how much or how little work the attorney or his staff actually performs. I prefer to be paid for the work I actually do and for my clients to keep the monies that I do not earn. I and my staff are available to discuss financial arrangements with our clients, bookkeeping, questions or observations regarding the billing and all other matters involving their case. Wishing you all the best, David A. Carroll
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2011
BEWARE!!! Either throw your money in the trash or give it to this guy, it ends up in the same place.
I would recommend this lawyer to someone I was wanting to fight in court. I would have the confidence to win the case that way!!! This guy had no clue what was going on with my case at any time. When you call you get, "Who is this???? And what was I representing you for? If you don't mind, refresh my memory on what we talked about and what I am doing for you." Are you serious? Then you get a bill in the mail saying he charged you $100 for the 30 minute conversation. A conversation spent catching him up on the case and never getting your questions answered. In the beginning you are told, " X dollars is all I need, this is an easy case." You pay him and bam, it’s all gone and he needs more but nothing is done. You haven't even been to court yet or seen a judge. Nothing but 3 papers filed. He adds to the monthly bill that he had conversations with his secretary about your case but has no clue about it. Also, I was almost thrown in jail because he "forgot" to respond to a demand. I find out by a friend who said, "You have a warrant coming out" I find out I am in contempt of court. When I approached David Carroll about about it he accuses the other side of not informing him. BS we saw the papers in our file, then he blamed it on his secretary. Give your money to someone else or burn it. If you do hire this guy, plan on losing your case or going broke in the mean time with a lot of frustration. I am still wondering how this guy got a Law degree.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
  • Family Mediation
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner and Attorney, All issues of Family Law
  • Law Office of David A. Carroll, Florida
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney and Owner, all issues Family Law
  • Law Office of David A. Carroll, Arkansas
  • 1992 - Present
  • Conflict Attorney for Child Support Enforcement
  • Florida Department of Revenue
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Legislative Research Analyst
  • State of Florida, The Capitol
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Legislative Aide to State Representative
  • State of Florida, Florida Legislature
  • 1987 - 1988
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  • University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Florida State University
  • BS
  • 1988
  • Florida State University
  • Minor
  • 1988
  • J.M. Tate High School
  • H.S.
  • 1983
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Doe
  • Children awarded to the father
  • Dept. of Children and Families v. Doe
  • Denied - Termination of Parental Rights
  • Doe v. Snap-On Tools, Inc.
  • Obtained beneficial settlement for client


  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • Member in good standing
  • 1995 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member in good standing
  • 1995 - Present
  • Pensacola India Assocition
  • President
  • 1995 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member in good standing
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2012
  • Chief Justice of Student Honor Court
  • William Bowden, LS
  • 1991
  • President of the Student Body
  • William Bowden, LS,
  • 1990


  • Arkansas Law Talk
  • Family Law Overview
  • 1993
  • Arkansas Law Talk
  • What is jurisdiction?
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Survey of Family Law
  • Dependency Cases and process, Chapter 39
  • 2014
  • Diwali Festival
  • Diwali
  • 2014
  • Guardian ad litem training
  • Role of Parents Counsel in Dependency process
  • 2000
  • Arkansas Law Talk - Television Program
  • Multiple legal subjects
  • 1993
  • Pensacola Rotary North
  • Child Support Process and Procedure
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (36)
Given (53)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great member of the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. His knowledge base is impressive."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer who will stand by you when you need one."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a very knowledgeable and professional attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was first acquainted with Mr. Carroll in law school, where he was one of the stars of our graduating class. It is without reservation that I endorse this lawyer, because I know his character and the kind of fine man that he is."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Mr. Carroll. He has years of experience and is very intelligent."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Carroll is a true professional, inside and outside the courtroom. He is knowledgeable in his practice areas. Whenever Mr. Carroll's name appears as opposing counsel, I know it will be tough but fair battle."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Carroll goes above and beyond to ensure his clients obtain the best results. He is well versed in family law matters and I endorse him as a lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Carroll is a premier family law attorney you does everything in his power to insure the best possible outcome for his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney David Alfred Carrol is a well seasoned and hard-working attorney in the practice of family law. If you have need of a Family Law attorney, look no further. I endorse Attorney Carrol."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Carroll. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and responsive."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keen attention to detail with exceptional client service. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"An excellent attorney in an extremely difficult field, who is an excellent advocate for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer who has many years experience in family law."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Other
"David Carroll is a knowledgeable, skilled and highly experienced lawyer. His respect in the family law community is well earned."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Carroll has a wealth of experience and education, especially in the area of family law. His experience in family law from every conceivable angle makes him an excellent advocate for his clients, and is a diversity that is not often seen in family law attorneys."
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Pensacola Divorce and separation Lawyer David Alfred Carroll
David Alfred Carroll
Divorce and separation Attorney
Pensacola, FL
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available