Category: Uncategorized

Going To Court

Bay County Civil Law Division


The Judges and Hearing Officer(s) assigned to the Civil Division in Bay County expect that all litigants, whether or not they are represented by attorneys, will conduct themselves in an appropriate fashion so that all parties will be afforded a fair opportunity to present their case.

The following are meant to assist you in meeting appropriate standards of conduct when you appear in court.

1. Be Truthful in all statements that you make in court. False statements under oath constitute perjury which is a criminal offense.

2. Do not call or write the judge. As a general rule, documents and testimony can be read or heard by the Judge only when in the presence of both parties.

3. Be courteous. Do not interrupt anyone who is speaking. If we have an objection to something a witness says, your attorney will say, AObjection@, and the court will allow her to state the nature of the objection.

4. Treat all the court personnel with respect, including bailiffs, judicial assistants, clerks, court investigators, self-help personnel, judges and hearing officers.

5. Do not make faces or gestures at the opposing party, his or her attorney, witnesses or the Judge while in the courtroom or the Judge=s chambers. Speak directly to the Judge or your attorney, not to the opposing party or a witness. You will be given an opportunity to be heard in court.

6. Show your respect for the court by wearing appropriate attire. Do not come to court in shorts, tank tops, blue jeans, T-shirts, or sneakers.

7. Do not bring food or beverages into the courtroom and do not chew gum or eat candy in the courtroom.

8. Make arrangements for someone to care for your children prior to appearing in court. DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO COURT without prior order signed by the Judge.

9. Be aware that witnesses you bring to court are not usually permitted to remain in the courtroom while you, your spouse or former spouse or other witnesses will testify.

10. The courthouse is located in a congested area. Parking is limited and time consuming. You must also be prepared to pass through a metal detector at the front door. Please arrive for your hearing at least 15 minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin.

Virtual Law Office - Carroll Law, P.A.

Virtual Law Office

Online Legal Counsel for Carroll Law, P.A.

This site is powered by Virtual Law Office Technology which provides the same protections that you get when you bank online. This is different from other attorney websites using “contact us” forms which operate using email. Email is not encrypted and any messages sent to an attorney through email will not be secure.

Primary communications are done through this website over Secure HTTP, which provides you with the highest industry standard protection available on the web.

In order to use our online virtual law office, you must first agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use Policy, register a username and password, and provide additional personal information. This information will be used during your interaction and any following transactions with Carroll Law, P.A. to provide transactional legal services. Your information may be provided to a third party in order to provide the service you requested and/or as is required by law. All other use of your personal information will be limited to your attorney/client relationship, if one is established, with Carroll Law, P.A. By registering on our Web site as a potential client, you are representing that you are at least 18 years of age and able to enter into a binding contract with an Attorney. Furthermore, by registering, you represent that the information provided is correct, accurate, and current.

Our online virtual law office uses cookies to store a session ID. Therefore, in order to register on the website, cookies must be enabled so that we can provide you with a secure transaction.


Family law and divorce attorney

Carroll Law, P.A.

Family Law and Divorce Attorney Serving Panama City, FL

The process of working out the details of divorce, child support, child custody, visitation or any other issue in a family law case involves careful planning and preparation.

Carroll Law, P.A., is committed to helping clients successfully navigate the legal system while minimizing the stress and anxiety of the process. Marital and family law can require extra care and consideration because of the emotional aspects involved. The consideration and ultimate decision to seek divorce may seem to create a heavy burden. We know that divorce can be very difficult and the uncertainty that accompanies major change can be rather overwhelming.

Susan Carroll has wisdom and experience in all types of marital law and family law. Her mission is to be your advocate and defender by supporting you in all legal issues related to family law. She is highly skilled and able to work with you to give you the options you need during this chapter of your life.

Our office has a solid philosophy about how we approach all types of family law cases based on truth, justice and protection. We understand that this time is likely to be one of the most difficult and traumatic times in your family’s lives. You will receive support, attention and the consideration that you deserve. Our dedicated legal team has worked with hundreds upon hundreds of family law cases. The experience that we have to offer is invaluable, and our devotion to your satisfaction is second to none.

We have dedicated our practice to supporting families. If you have a case involving any area of family law, we can offer you experienced legal advice, support, and representation. We represent clients in both contested and uncontested divorce, understanding the importance of a collaborative approach such as mediation when necessary to save time, money, and stress. We also offer flat fee divorce services if this aligns with your particular case and goals. For those who want minimal assistance, unbundled legal services can be accessed through the Virtual Law Office.

Carroll Law has the experience to effectively address the many issues that may arise during your divorce, such as child custody, child support, visitation, grandparents rights, dependency, property rights, property division, alimony, and the recovery of attorney’s fees.

Child Custody

When children are involved, divorce can obviously become more complicated and emotional. Concerns about whether the children should receive the care of a licensed counselor, where they should live, what type of visitation should be in place, and what is truly in the best interest of the children must be considered. It is through the tangle of these emotional concerns that the law must still be followed.

We approach child custody disputes, enforcement and modification with the utmost care, taking the time to fully understand our clients’ needs and concerns so we can develop a plan of action that will help them reach their goals. Although the Florida courts typically award shared custody, there are some circumstances where sole custody may be awarded to one parent because the other has a history of domestic violence or a problem with drug or alcohol abuse. No matter the circumstances of your case, you can count on Carroll Law to protect your parental rights.


There are a number of post-divorce related matters we can also address for our clients, such as the modification of child support, modification of child custody, or modification of alimony and the relocation of children. If you are having trouble receiving the support you are entitled to or your ex-spouse is not complying with custody or visitation orders, we can help with the enforcement of settlement agreements, enforcement of court orders, and contempt of court proceedings.

Our experience enables us to protect the rights of both civilian and military clients, mothers, fathers, step-parents and grandparents in all family law related matters. Our military clients from area installations such as Tyndall Air Force Base, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Naval Support Activity Base in Panama City are particularly well served by the instant access to the status of their legal case through our Virtual Law Office.

Unbundled Legal Services

“Unbundled” legal services is the deconstruction of specific legal documents or services from the totality of the legal representation. It allows you to choose “a la cart” either the legal documents you want to review with an attorney or even just how much of the attorney’s time you believe you need or can afford.

For example, if you were seeking a divorce and you choose to be a self-represented person you might purchase services to assist you in filling out the Petition for Dissolution, but you would not seek the attorney’s services regarding the other documents or services offered to clients seeking a divorce.

The unbundled services may include court coaching for a set price where the attorney walks you through the process and gives general legal advice to your particular situation. Being unbundled may result in a limited session or on a question by question basis. Sometimes, it may include some type of legal analysis regarding a particular document or course of action. In some instances you may purchase the services of the attorney at a fixed price for very specific services.

Carroll Law is prepared to serve you in the way that best meets your needs. Though full representation is ideal we understand that is not the choice of all clients. Our online Virtual Law Office expedites the availability of unbundled legal services where you may pick and choose which documents or which specific service you need representation in.

Call us at 850-785-9005 or send us a request through our secure Virtual Law Portal if we may assist you.

God is on your Case

For over 20 years I have sat at my desk and learned to hear the wisdom of God for each situation, each client…sometimes I seem to know immediately what to do and other times I have to listen more closely.

Today as I was thinking about how I want to walk my life I recalled a time when I had this couple in my office. We had some immediate, very difficult decisions which needed to be made and I really wasn’t sure exactly which course of action to take. I had developed a relationship over the course of my representation with this couple and they trusted me. So I did what I always do I but this time I said it out loud. I said, “I do not have the answer, but I know the one who does, so let’s ask Him to show us which way to go”. I then said a short prayer asking God to give me wisdom on how to proceed.

Almost immediately my secretary came into the room and handed me a fax. I read the fax and then looked up and said well, He has sent us the answer!

This couple looked at me and the Husband said, “What! He sent you a fax???? The expression on his face is one I will always remember! I said, “Well, He and I are on good terms but not to the point where I get a fax signed from God!”

What had happened was as we prayed the attorney from the other side sent me a fax which immediately let me know which direction to go…..I received the wisdom I was asking for! He is an on time God and He ALWAYS meets our needs…Let Him meet your needs everyday of the week, not just on Sundays! Seek and you will find the answers of life you are looking for.