Carlsbad Family Law Attorneys
Guiding You to a New Beginning

There are two types of lawyers; those who want to help and those who want to help themselves. Our attorneys are passionate and dedicated to helping clients transition into the next phase of their lives. 

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • ACFLS Member
  • AVVO Family

Carlsbad Divorce Attorneys

Compassionate Family Law Attorney in San Diego County

Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is a difficult, emotional, and life-changing event. When confronting the end of a marriage, you will likely battle emotions of guilt, anger, loneliness and/or sadness, and the idea of executing the divorce process in the midst of such emotions can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Or divorce lawyers in Carlsbad are here to assure you that you will not have to endure this experience on your own.

As your divorce team, it is our job to ensure that you take the appropriate steps to secure a comfortable future for yourself and your family, both financially and emotionally. To that end, we offer expert family law services in San Diego backed by the experience of an entire team of talented, innovative legal professionals who are eager to help you come out on the other side feeling confident about the future ahead.

Our divorce attorneys in Carlsbad are here to help you through the entire San Diego divorce process, from the initial filing to mediation to negotiating child custody and spousal support.

The strategic case trajectory we use at Griffith, Young & Lass is designed to give you the best chance at success, at the most reasonable cost available. Lead by an experienced family law lawyer, our team will start by discussing your specific goals, identifying the outcomes most important to you in the process, and then taking the necessary steps to protect your rights and best interests at every stage of the process.

Every one of our team members got into the business for the same reason: to help people.

We thrive on taking the cases that other divorce firms won’t and achieving results that help you feel settled in the new life ahead of you. Compassionate in our approach and decisive in our strategy, our Carlsbad divorce lawyers develop strong cases that help our clients establish a firm footing on which to begin their new lives. We are more than ready to do the same for you.

How Griffith, Young & Lass Can Help You

When you become a client of GYL, you become our priority.

Given the emotional, financial and legal impact of a divorce on you and your family, we are committed to working closely with you through every step of the process to ensure you receive the support you need and deserve.

Under the direction of our team, you can expect exceptional service, open and accessible lines of communication, confidentiality, respect, and courtesy. We know there are two sides to every story, and we are here to make sure yours is heard.

Learn more about our approach to divorce and family law, particularly as it applies to your situation. Contact a family law attorney via our contact form or by calling (858) 371-5569 today! We serve all of San Diego from our office in Carlsbad.

Providing Calm Through the Legal Storm

Family law issues are tough for everyone involved. Our goal is to provide you with a fresh perspective and a smooth transition into the next phase of your life. 

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Over 100 Five-Star Reviews Throughout Our Social Media Platforms
  • “We were referred to John Griffith at GYL by our former attorney. I specifically was looking for an aggressive attorney that would yield results. John, Josh, and the firm performed flawlessly, and did ...”

    - MoMo M.
  • “I would highly recommend Griffith, Young & Lass to anyone looking for ethical, honest, hard-working and skillful lawyers (I would stress these are actually rare qualities within the legal industry and ...”

    - Scott G.
  • “I cannot say enough good things about John Griffith and this law firm. Each person i interacted with was responsive, intelligent, thoughtful and professional. Attorney Griffith worked very hard to ...”

    - Michelle P.
  • “She doesn’t back down from anyone. It was the best decision I’ve made yet and hopefully, it will be yours too.”

    - Ian R.
  • “Easy to work with, forthcoming about the process, set realistic expectations, and always kept cost in mind.”

    - Jennifer P.
  • “The GYL team is always prompt at returning calls & emails. From personal experience, I can tell you that they will not step away from your case until it's finished.”

    - Kelsey L.
  • “GYL has been an extraordinary support and backing in my divorce. Being a male in the military, the process for divorce and custody is difficult. GYL was extremely helpful, and I was able to full custody of my children. That alone is such a monumental feat.”

    - Frankie S.
  • “I hate seeing anyone go through custody battles but if you’re in that situation and need someone who is trustworthy and great at what they do, then I swear this is the place to get the help!”

    - Emily B.
  • “No matter who I corresponded with they were always knowledgeable of my case and quick to respond.”

    - Kimberley F.
  • “My clearance was granted without any additional issues. I'd recommend this legal team to any Soldier needing help with their clearance.”

    - K. Brooks
  • “Compassionate and kind, however, he will fight for you and your best interests. He is calm and calculated and extremely smart.”

    - Ann M.
  • “She and her team were extremely compassionate, sensitive with me while concurrently advocating strongly on my behalf.”

    - Jeremy R.
  • “The professional and succinct assistance was a much-needed breath of fresh air in the maze of hurdles and complications with our family law case.”

    - David R.

Why GYL? 

Turn to a Team that Does It Best
  • We're Leaders in Our Field

    From case planning to preparation, to superior courtroom presence, our clients can be sure that they will walk into the Courtroom prepared and with the best chance of success.

  • Client Centered & Results Oriented

    Our representation is tailored to the unique circumstances of each client. We deploy the GYL strategic case trajectory dynamic to ensure the best chance at success at the most reasonable cost. 

  • Brilliant, Hard-Working & Honest

    We don't believe in wasting our client's time and money. Helping people is what drives us to excel at our craft. We first identify the goals and interests of each client, we then develop an efficient and effective case plan aimed at achieving those goals.

  • Responsible & Ethical Practices

    We believe in a responsible and ethical practice and stick to our values regardless of the situation. We're transparent and don't just tell our clients what they want to hear, unless it's what we believe, even if it may deter them from moving forward. We stand by our team's expertise and will always be upfront and honest with our clients. 

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Meet Our Team 

Honest. Fearless. Bold.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq., CFLS
  • Noelle J. Slattery, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • Lea Trojanowski, Esq.
  • Greyson Sharp, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS


    John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
    John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS


    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
    Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS


    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
    Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq., CFLS Shirin Asgari, Esq., CFLS


    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
    Shirin  Asgari, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Noelle J. Slattery, Esq. Noelle J. Slattery, Esq.


    Noelle J. Slattery, Esq. has a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts/Acting from Emerson College in Boston and a Juris Doctor ...
    Noelle J. Slattery, Esq. Photo
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.


    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

    Eric  Cowdery, Esq. Photo
  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.


    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
    Joshua  Yee, Esq. Photo
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.


    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
    Shaudi  Malekzadeh, Esq. Photo
  • Lea Trojanowski, Esq. Lea Trojanowski, Esq.


    Lea Trojanowski is an attorney with Griffith, Young, and Lass, joining the firm in March 2021. Her pragmatic and level-headed approach to family law has allowed her to be successful in even the most emotional family law cases. Lea has effectively represented clients in a wide range of family law proceedings, but is particularly drawn to domestic violence restraining order cases.
    Lea  Trojanowski, Esq. Photo
  • Greyson Sharp, Esq. Greyson Sharp, Esq.


    Greyson Sharp received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University, Fresno. After ...
    Greyson  Sharp, Esq. Photo

Our Areas Of Practice

Tailored Services to Suit Your Needs

About Our Divorce and Family Law Services

Certified Family Law Specialists

Backed by decades of combined experience and talent, our divorce lawyers have experience with all types of family law cases and divorce arrangements. Our practice areas include but are not limited to:

  • High asset divorce
  • Domestic violence & emergency restraining orders
  • Fighting for fathers’ rights & the rights of non-custodial parents
  • Grandparents’ rights and granting temporary parental custody (ex parte) in emergency situations
  • Divorces affected by immigration, prenuptial agreements, and property settlement claims

For your convenience, we offer after-hours and weekend appointments as needed. In some cases, we can even accommodate same-day appointments and payment plans for those whose situations warrant it. Like we said earlier, you are our priority, and we will make ourselves available to help whenever an issue arises that requires immediate attention.

During your initial consultation, your family law attorney will explain the details of the California divorce process and help you prepare for your upcoming case. We will, of course, negotiate for a settlement but will be prepared to go to trial if necessary.

At GYL, we are committed to conducting our legal practice responsibly and ethically. Our services are trustworthy and our attorneys are upstanding – we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Contact us for a consultation with a family law lawyer near you! Call (858) 371-5569 or submit an online contact form here!

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At GYL, your story matters - helping clients is what drives us to excel. We take the time to get to know our clients and understand their circumstances. This enables us to strategize a unique and customized solution that best fits our clients' needs.

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