Stacy Barrett

Attorney · UC Law San Francisco

Stacy Barrett started writing articles for Nolo as a freelancer in 2019. She became a full-time Legal Editor in 2021. Her articles appear on sites including,,,, and

Education. Stacy has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with highest honors, and a J.D. from UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings). She earned several academic awards from both institutions, including scholarships for academic achievement.

Legal career. Stacy began working as a criminal defense attorney in 2006. Her first job was with the Napa County Public Defender. She represented clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies. She also represented parents in civil contempt proceedings and patients facing involuntary civil commitments in state hospitals. In 2016, Stacy continued her work as a trial attorney at a private law firm. A few of Stacy's victories in trial court received national and international media coverage.

Other pursuits. Prior to her legal career, Stacy wrote feature articles for a small-town newspaper and copy pages for a national magazine in New York City. During law school she taught Street Law to middle school students receiving residential treatment in San Francisco. In 2019, she co-founded a program to support formerly incarcerated students in community college.

Why Nolo? Stacy's work as a deputy public defender, commitment to equity in education, and writing background led her to Nolo in 2019. She believes in Nolo's mission to provide all people, regardless of income level, the information they need to make important legal decisions.

Articles By Stacy Barrett

New Mexico Child Custody Laws
Learn how child custody works in New Mexico, including how judges make custody decisions and how to modify custody orders.
How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
A real-world guide to typical divorce costs, the factors that make some divorces more expensive than others, and what you can do to lower the cost of your own divorce.
District of Columbia Child Custody Laws
Learn about the "best interests" standard and how it applies to child custody cases in Washington D.C..
Who Gets Frozen Embryos in a Divorce?
As more couples rely on IVF to start a family, legal disputes over who gets custody of unused embryos after a breakup are on the rise.
Nebraska Child Custody Laws
If you're divorcing or splitting up with your child's other parent, you'll have to figure out where your child will live and who will be responsible for making important decisions about your child's education and health care. Learn how Nebraska deals with these issues.
Nevada Child Custody Laws
If you and your child's other parent are splitting up, it's crucial for you to understand Nevada's child custody laws. Learn more about how to get legal and physical custody of your child in Nevada.
Child Support in Alaska
In Alaska, both parents, whether they were married to one another or not, have a legal obligation to provide financial support to their children.
Separation vs. Divorce in Maryland
There are several, important differences between a separation and divorce in Maryland. Continue reading to learn more.
Maryland Divorce Laws & FAQ
Getting divorced in Maryland can be disorienting (if you’re not a lawyer). Going in without some basic information can only make it worse.
How Do I File for Divorce in Maryland?
Learn about the basic steps and forms you'll need to file for an absolute divorce in Maryland—and how to get help with the process.