Ann O’Connell


Ann O’Connell is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in landlord-tenant and real estate law. She writes for,, and Avvo. Ann is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, which won a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association in 2020, and Nolo’s Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.

Legal career. Before joining Nolo as an editor, Ann was a freelance writer for Nolo as well as other publications and law firms. Ann practiced civil litigation in California and Colorado, and had her own firm in Colorado. At her firm, she focused on real estate, landlord-tenant, and small business cases. 

Credentials. Ann earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law. She has passed the bar exams in California, Nevada, and Colorado, where she is both an active attorney and a real estate broker.

Landlord-tenant law. Ann’s favorite part of writing about landlord-tenant matters is the opportunity to help tenants—who often find it difficult to afford or hire a lawyer to represent them—understand and assert their rights. Ann’s research and writing on coronavirus-related eviction bans and tenant rights has been cited by numerous news outlets and government agencies, including Yahoo Finance, CNET, Fannie Mae, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Articles By Ann O’Connell

Enforcing Child Custody and Visitation Orders in California
If you live in California and think your ex is violating your child custody or visitation order, how do you start enforcing the order?
Health Insurance and Divorce
Unless each spouse has their own health insurance plan and you don't have any children, divorce is going to affect your health insurance. Here are the basics of what will happen to your health insurance when you divorce, and what your post-divorce health insurance options are.
Child Support in Michigan
Michigan child support payments are calculated based on the parents' incomes and custody arrangement. Learn how child support is calculated, modified, and enforced in Michigan.
Dating During Divorce
When you and your spouse decide to divorce, you may feel lonely and emotional. It's not uncommon for spouses to seek comfort in a new partner, but if you choose to date during your divorce, you should be aware of the potential complications.
Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Florida?
Grandparents in Florida can petition the court for visitation with their grandchildren, but courts will grant visitation in only a few specific situations.
Child Support in Connecticut
Connecticut parents must continue to support their children financially after a separation or divorce. Learn how to calculate how much child support you might have to pay in Connecticut.
Divorces and Finances: Does the Separation Date Affect Spouses' Property Rights?
In every divorce, there's a date after which property one spouse acquires is no longer considered marital property. Learn how courts decide in a divorce when property becomes a spouse's separate property.
Child Support Laws in Utah
Utah's child support guidelines take into account parents' income, the custody arrangement, and other factors when calculating the amount of child support a parent will owe.
How Do I File for Divorce in Kentucky?
Even though you don’t have to prove your spouse’s fault to get a divorce in Kentucky, you’ll still need to follow the state’s and court’s procedures when you file for divorce.
How Do I File for Divorce in West Virginia?
Information about West Virginia divorce, including where to file, what to file, and how to serve your spouse.