Kerry Burleigh

9.0Kerry Burleigh

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
      JD, High Honors
  • College – 1996:
    • Univ. of Pennsylvania
      BA in Psychology, cum laude
      minor in Spanish

NC Divorce Guide

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.

What Our Clients Are Saying

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I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to help me! I will always be thankful for your kindness and support of me. The way you understood my fears was very comforting and I will always remember that! You helped me more than you will ever know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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I am sure it is not always easy to assist couples going thru a divorce, but it was a pleasure working with the both of you. I think it was especially helpful when you tried to ease tension by trying to rephrase what one party was trying to communicate, in a way and tone, that made it easier for the other party to understand without getting defensive and/or offended. Very helpful. Thanks for all your help, support, and empathy.
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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!
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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.
Chris L.
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We really appreciate the approach you both took in working with us last year and are happy to say we have remained friends and amicable through this process and believe that as a result our two daughters continue to take things in stride and are flourishing in school and their social lives.
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I continue to feel so thankful to you and the collaborative approach for leading me through this process with as little fall out as possible. Lou and I continue to be on good terms and will be sitting together and “giving our daughter away” together this upcoming Saturday at her wedding due in large part to you and the collaborative process.
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I have always been extremely happy that we went the collaborative divorce route–absolutely no regrets there. I think it’s by far the healthiest way for a couple to divorce when children are involved.
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I wholeheartedly thank you both for your guidance during our separation. For a year now, things have been running mostly very smoothly (especially regarding the children), and a big reason for that is that you both helped set the tone for how Jeff & I should behave (respectfully). We know how much our words and actions affect our daughters.
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I appreciate your team’s approach to divorce, the traditional approach should be outlawed. I have recommended your service to others and will continue to do so. Thank you for sitting with me during this process, both you and my ex-husband’s attorney did great work. I don’t imagine many folks getting divorced feel gratitude towards their spouse’s attorney.

Springfield Collaborative Divorce

4601 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 3B
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-324-3503