Mark Springfield

8.2Mark A. Springfield

Hi, I’m Mark. It’s a little hard for me to believe, but it’s now getting close to 25 years since my “ah, ha!” moment—the moment I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my legal career. It came after hearing about an attorney in Minnesota named Stu Webb. He was taking a radically new approach to legal representation in divorce, calling it collaborative law. Instinctively, I knew that what Stu and his colleagues in Minneapolis were doing aligned with who I am, in a way a courtroom practice never would. I had spent fifteen years as a lawyer working in state and federal courts and litigating cases, but in 2001, I began a drastic change in the way I practiced law.

Since that time, I’ve devoted my professional life to promoting collaborative divorce as an alternative to more adversarial approaches and to helping individuals in the collaborative process move through the hard transition of divorce. As the first attorney in North Carolina to have a law practice focused exclusively on collaborative divorce, I’ve successfully handled as many or more collaborative divorce cases as any attorney in the state.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to help hundreds and hundreds of couples avoid the nastiness of an adversarial divorce, avoid lingering bitterness and resentment, and, most importantly, avoid ongoing conflict between parents–the type of conflict that can so negatively impact children long after the divorce is over. As a trainer and speaker in dozens of Bar Association workshops and seminars on collaborative law over the years, it’s also been rewarding to help develop the “next generation” of attorneys who will practice collaborative law into the future. Most of all, it’s been rewarding to journey with my clients as they move through their divorces. Divorce is an unsettling and painful path. I’ve been grateful to be able to offer a divorce process that facilitates movement toward a stable future for both partners, with the possibility of healing and wholeness for each of them.

Thank you for your interest in me and in the collaborative divorce process. If you’d like to learn more about divorce or the collaborative divorce process or if you need an attorney to represent you in the collaborative divorce process, please feel free to contact me.


  • Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
  • Collaborative Law – 2005 to present:
    • Springfield Collaborative Divorce Law Offices
    • Law Office of Mark A. Springfield
  • CFP® – 2010 to present:
    • Certified Financial Planner™
  • Litigation – 1986 to 2005:
    • Extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts
  • Law School – 1984:
  • The University of Georgia
    • JD, cum laude
  • Georgia Law Review
  • College – 1981:
    • Wake Forest University
    • BA in Economics
    • BA in French

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