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.
The North Carolina Guide to Collaborative Divorce Proceedings, published by Springfield Collaborative Divorce, explains and illuminates the divorce laws in North Carolina that govern Collaborative Law Proceedings.
The Guide is intended to aid in understanding this legal alternative to court proceedings. It offers guidance as to when this alternative makes sense for couples in North Carolina who desire a method of divorcing that encourages cooperation instead of confrontation, and creates an environment in which couples can divorce with dignity and display respect, integrity, and kindness toward each other.