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Channe Gallagher Coles

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Channe G. Coles

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
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About Channe

Learn Channe’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce and Legal Separation are common matters in family law, but that doesn't mean every case is the same. Channe will focus on the aspects unique to your position and your needs as she guides you through the complexities of your case.

  2. Alimony
    Alimony, now referred to as spousal support, is a common area of concern during a divorce. Channe Coles has extensive experience in obtaining spousal support orders, modifying support orders, and even terminating support orders when appropriate.

  3. Child custody
    Channe Coles knows there's nothing more important to you than the health and safety of your child. Channe will help you develop a parenting timeshare schedule that puts your child's interests first.

  4. Child support
    Child support is a growing area of concern for all parents as the cost of living rises. Child support matters can be surprisingly complex, especially for those who are self-employed. Don't make the mistake of being unrepresented.

  5. Domestic violence
    Whether you're a victim of domestic violence, accused of domestic violence, or you want to protect your child from abuse, Channe has extensive and vast experience to work through a multitude of domestic violence scenarios.

  6. Family
    Family law encompasses a variety of matters: premarital agreements, divorce, legal separation, child custody and visitation, spousal support (alimony), child support, domestic violence, military divorce, and grandparent visitation.


Channe G. Coles understands the struggles which face divorced parents, especially those confronted with the challenge of raising a child on their own while struggling financially.

​As a child of divorce herself, she grew up in a single-parent family with her mother and four sisters. She understands the toll child custody battles can take both physically and emotionally on parents, but also from the perspective of the child who often suffers the most when parents fight it out in court.

​Channe has two undergraduate degrees from California State University, Northridge; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Immediately following her undergraduate education, she enrolled at the West Los Angeles School of Law, graduated cum laude in May 2008, and passed the July bar in November that same year.

In 2009 Channe joined a general practice law firm in downtown Los Angeles, where she gained a wealth of litigation and trial experience in construction defects, probate, personal injury, and family law. Following her time there, she joined Law Offices of Gregory Johnson, in Oxnard, California exclusively practicing in the area of elder abuse and personal injury, where she chaired long-cause trials through Ventura and Los Angeles County and assisted in complex class action lawsuits. In 2014 she opened her own solo practice in Santa Barbara where 99% of her time is devoted to the area of family law. She brings a wealth of litigation experience and is extremely competent in handling both highly contested, big income and asset cases; as well as, the far less complex issues of a “friendly divorce”.

Channe resides with her husband, teenage son, champion Rhodesian Ridgeback “Truman”, and her two rescue cats in her home in Santa Barbara. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, sailing, running, skiing, and wine tasting!

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Contact Channe

Law Office of Channe G. Coles
19 E. Mission Street
Suite D
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101


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Posted by Margaret | December 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Channe is Responsive and Hardworking
I hired Channe in the tenth hour just before my evidentiary hearing on custody, visitation, and child support. My prior attorney disappeared, and given the circumstances I couldn't push out the hearing and go with the date I had, only a week away. I met with multiple attorneys, but because I had already been paying for an attorney I was low on funds. I couldn't afford many attorneys' retainers (some asked for $10k-$20k), but Channe's was much more affordable. Channe really went to bat for me and represented me better than I could have imagined. My children are now safe and thriving under the new schedule and I'm receiving more child support than I was previously told I would because she found funds my ex was hiding. Although there was very little time between when I retained her and my hearing, she and her staff were very responsive to my questions and guided me through the process. If I need a family law attorney again, Channe will be my first call.
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Posted by Leonardo Ferreira | January 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great service
She was amazing and professional, solved my problem (unfair) love her and her team forever! I recommend!
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You want Channe Coles on your side.
You want Channe Coles on your side. She and her team are truly amazing. They listen to you and will know your case inside and out, as well or better than you do. I started with 2 other attorneys and the difference was night and day. Channe actually cared about my case and went above and beyond for me. Channe is smart, quick, confident, knowledgeable and classy. She will fight for you. If you need a family law attorney, you would be lucky to retain her. I will never be able to thank her enough. She won my case above and beyond my expectations.
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Posted by E.S. | February 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Channe has been excellent in working with me to get immediate temporary spousal and child support as we get deeper into the complexities of my case. Without her help I don't think I would be able to afford food for myself and my children. She really understands that this is about what is best for the children, and she is fighting for what is best for them and me. I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney for anything family law related. My case is complex with children and multiple assets, yet she handles extremely well.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 185-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Channe G. Coles
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • McArdle & Associates, PC
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Gregory L. Johnson
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • L.A. Law Group, Inc.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Owner / Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Channe D. Gallagher
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002


  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association
  • Attorney member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Attorney member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney member
  • 2010 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • University of West Los Angeles
  • 2008
  • Witken Award
  • The Witkin Legal Institute at Thomson Reuters
  • 2006

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Competent, knowledgeable, friendly."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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