In 2006, I started my career in family law litigation. While I was able to help clients reach resolution and guide them through difficult times in their lives using litigation, I also wanted to help them heal. As a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, I understand the complexities of the family law statutes, but I’m also intent on being exceptional at helping my clients overcome the conflict inherent in divorce to reach agreements and move on with life.
When Collaborative Divorce became a North Carolina legal statute over ten years ago, it gave family law attorneys a powerful alternative to litigation. I now use Collaborative Divorce as a robust process to offer my clients a greater possibility of healing along with the assurance of knowing I will always work to protect what matters most to them.
I’ve seen how easy it is to forget what’s important when arguments about assets intensify, when kids are caught in the crosshairs and when overwhelming feelings of fear and anger escalate. But divorce doesn’t have to destroy everyone and everything.
Besides being certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar, I am one of a handful of North Carolina family law attorneys who has the distinction of being a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA). This distinction, and my decision to restrict my family law practice to Collaborative Divorce, makes me uniquely qualified to guide clients through complex financial dynamics during the divorce process.
Our initial consultation is a candid, confidential meeting where I want to understand the unique circumstances of your situation. Before our meeting ends, I will have outlined all of the legal options available to you. One of those options will be Collaborative Divorce, which is a non-court option.
Even if there’s tension and strong emotions between you and your spouse, Collaborative Divorce can be a far more constructive way to end the marriage, especially when safeguarding your children and protecting your assets is a shared concern.
Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
Collaborative Law – 2010 to present:
Springfield Collaborative Divorce Law Offices
The Burleigh Law Firm, PLLC
CDFA™ – 2014 to present:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ®
Litigation – 2006 to 2010:
Litigation experience in Family Law
Courts in Orange, Chatham,
Durham and Wake Counties
Internship – 2005
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of North Carolina
Law School – 2006:
UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
J.D., High Honors
College – 1996:
Univ. of Pennsylvania
BA in Psychology, cum laude
– minor in Spanish
“I really appreciate all your help and support during this very difficult and trying time. It was a pleasure working with you and will definitely recommend your process to others I know getting a divorce. You have been wonderful to work with and very knowledgeable. Thanks for your help!”
“Thanks for the information and your kind words. While I knew this day was coming it is still met with a great deal of trepidation. I have however begun to adjust to my new lifestyle and more importantly so have my children.
I want to thank you for your patience, compassion and letting me speak my mind, you went way beyond your call of duty, and I will always be grateful for that.
If I need legal services in the future, you’ll be my first choice.”
“You made this so easy and were so fair and informative from the beginning. I appreciate it so much!”
“Thank you for all your help and for making it a very smooth process. I highly recommend you!”
“Having heard/ lived through/ supported friends & family through so many horror stories, it meant a lot to me to find someone with the collaborative philosophy, and to work with someone who wasn’t interested in stirring up drama where it wasn’t already showing itself.”
“We can’t thank you enough for your kindness.”