Carrie Block

Top rated Family Law attorney in Newport Beach, California

Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
Carrie Block
Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1993

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC

4940 Campus Dr
Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92660 Visit website


Carrie Block is an attorney with the law firm of Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, which has offices located across Southern California. The managing partner of the firm's Orange County office, Ms. Block focuses her practice almost exclusively on family law, and she has more than 20 years of legal experience assisting families with their most serious and sensitive legal issues.

Certified as a family law specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Ms. Block handles mostly high-asset divorce cases, and she prefers to use collaborative law and mediation to help her clients going through an uncontested divorce to solidify their agreements with regards to child custody and support, spousal support, property division, and other related matters.

She also has extensive experience with paternity cases, premarital agreements, modifications and enforcements as well as qualified domestic relations orders, and she possesses the skills required to negotiate favorable terms for her clients without the assistance of outside help. In all cases, Ms. Block keeps her clients' rights and best interests at the forefront of her efforts as she strives to help them resolve their conflicts and reach agreements that will serve their families well into the future.

Recognized for her impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Ms. Block holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she has earned Superb ratings on Avvo. Active in her legal community, she is a member of several professional legal organizations, including the Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.

A 1990 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Block obtained her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 1993. The State Bar of California admitted her to practice that same year, and Ms. Block has established herself as a leader in her field through her publications and the numerous lectures and seminars she has conducted across her region.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

First Admitted: 1993, California

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Educational Background:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1990
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California, 1993
  • Member of Women's President's Organization, 2011
  • California State Bar
  • Member of Orange County Bar Association, 1993
  • Member of Pro Visors, 2010
  • Member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, 2010
  • Association for Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member of State Bar of California, 1993
  • Member of American Bar Association, 1993
  • Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2010
  • Member of Pro Growth, 2011
  • Member of Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1993
  • Member of National Charity League, 2010
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • State Bar of California Certified Specialist - Family Law, 2010
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, California Bar Association, January 2001
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, 2012
  • Grade Level Advisor for National Charity League, Inc., 2006
  • Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), 2012
  • Orangewood Children's Foundation, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Many Lose Health Insurance In Divorce, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2013
  • Speaker, Divorce and Financial Planning, Financial Planning Association, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Awarded the status of “California Certified Family Law Specialist” by the California Board of Legal Specialization
  • BV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Super Lawyers section, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022., Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • Once you file for a divorce and you have filed the petition in the summons, it's served on the other side to the other party. They have a 30-day period to respond to the action. If they respond within the 30-day period, the process of the divorce will begin moving forward. If they don't respond, there are ways to take their defaults and move forward in that manner. We will discuss your options, plan a course of action with you, file the divorce for you, get them served, and start the process of the divorce for you. If you're considering filing for divorce, you should talk to an attorney at Holstrom, Block & Parke who can provide you the information that you need to understand the process, understand what's going to happen, and how to move forward with your life after the divorce., What happens after I've filed for divorce?, Family Law, Divorce, 2019
  • California is no-fault divorce state, so you don't have to prove a reason for divorce. There are certain requirements for filing for divorce in California. You have to have lived in the state for six months and in the county that you are filing in, for three months. There are ways to get around that. You can file for legal separation or something like that first. Those are things that we, here at Holstrom Block & Parke can to talk to you about and help you understand how best to proceed with the divorce if that's what you want to do., How to file for divorce in California?, Family Law, Divorce, 2019
  • In California, you can file for domestic violence restraining orders. Domestic violence can consist of physical violence, emotional violence, mental abuse, and even harassment or stalking. All may be basis for filing for a domestic violence restraining order. If you think that you're a victim of domestic violence, you should consult with an attorney at Holstrom, Block & Parke to discuss your rights., What is domestic violence?, Family Law, Domestic Violence, 2019

Office location for Carrie Block

4940 Campus Dr
Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 949-763-4552


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

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