- University of Southern California, B.S.
- Santa Barbara College of Law, J.D.
- Ventura County Bar Association
- Santa Barbara County Bar Association
- Santa Barbara Women Lawyers
- Rotary Club of Ventura-East
- 2019 Paul Harris Award
- 2020 President of Ventura County Family Law Bar Association
Carolyn Diacos devotes her practice primarily to matters involving family law. In that context, Carolyn has significant experience on issues pertaining to the dissolution of marriage, the custody of minor children and how custody arrangements affect such children, the obligations of a spouse to provide support for another spouse and children, the marital standard of living, the division of property between spouses and issues involving paternity. Carolyn has represented clients with high net worth, and she is experienced in the division of assets between spouses in complex financial situations. Carolyn has represented clients in many industries, including the entertainment industry, medical professionals and real estate brokers. She is qualified to represent minor’s in custody litigation proceedings pursuant to California Rules of Court 5.242 and 7.1101.
After graduating law school, Carolyn worked at a boutique family law firm in Santa Barbara, Misho Law Group, known for handling complex, high-profile cases. There, Carolyn gained experience in all phases of divorce litigation – from discovery disputes over financial disclosures, to trial on support and custody issues. More recently, Carolyn worked with a Ventura-based family law firm.
In 2013 and 2014, Carolyn clerked and performed legal research for Ventura County Superior Court Judges Toy White and Matthew Guasco. Carolyn’s clerkship involved drafting memoranda of law concerning domestic abuse.
Prior to focusing on family law matters, Carolyn worked for a prominent Santa Barbara law firm. Her cases focused on assisting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Carolyn gained considerable experience at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office. Among her many accomplishments, Carolyn assisted Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ferdinand Inumerable with a capital murder case prior to his appointment on the bench.
Outside of her legal practice, Carolyn has given her time to various non-profit causes. Among these, Carolyn has served as a volunteer for the Family Law Self Help Center in Ventura County, where she helped individuals obtain legal information regarding all aspects of family law and procedure.
Carolyn has deep roots in Ventura County. Carolyn is a fifth-generation resident of Ventura County, and her family has been involved in the agriculture industry for many years.
Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys hiking, horseback riding and traveling. Carolyn recently participated in an ultra-marathon, “Nine Trails,” to raise money for the non-profit agency, Interface Children & Family Services. She is a member with Rotary Club of Ventura-East.
Monica J. McGrath
Retired Ventura County Sheriff’s Commander
Monica McGrath retired from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department on October 8, 2016, after serving the citizens of Ventura County for over twenty-nine years.
Born in New Jersey, Monica moved to Ventura in 1986 after graduating from Trenton State College. Monica became a Deputy Sheriff in 1987 and worked a variety of assignments. Monica served as a Detective in Thousand Oaks, Recruit Training Officer, Property Crimes Detective Sergeant, Internal Affairs Investigator and Assistant Chief of Police for Camarillo Police Department. Monica was the Acting Chief of Police for the City of Fillmore prior to her promotion as Commander in February 2014. Monica’s first assignment as Commander involved overseeing the cities of Ojai, Fillmore and the unincorporated areas surrounding Oxnard and Ventura. Monica was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Camarillo in January 2015 and served in that position until retirement.
Monica has been recognized for her work with the community by the Kiwanis Club, the Optimist Club and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds as a “hometown hero.” In 2016, Monica was awarded the Public Servant of the Year in Camarillo and was honored by Interface Children and Family Services with the Domestic Violence Champion of Change Award.
Monica is a board member with the Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club and City Impact. Monica volunteers her time for Interface Children and Family Services to help promote prevention efforts for domestic violence.
Monica assists Diacos Law with all aspects of litigation and investigation.
Monica and her husband Jack McGrath have been married for twenty-four years and they reside in Camarillo.