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About Me

I approach family law, divorce and custody issues as problems to be solved, not wars to be fought. As a mediator, collaborative attorney, guardian ad litem as well as a litigating attorney, I help clients to identify and give voice to their own interests whichever forum they choose to resolve their disputes. These days families with children do not "split up" they reorganize. The more goodwill and trust that can be preserved the better future they will have.


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Practice Areas


  1. Child Custody: 25%
  2. Child Support: 25%
  3. Family: 25%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 25%



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Edward Burns Harrison Willis

    Christie is a true asset to the family law bar. She is very professional and knows how to effectively communicate with other attorneys and clients.


    Edward Willis Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William Grady Nolan

    Christie is a fine lawyer to use, especially for any Family Law matter. She is assertive, which is a good trait in a divorce lawyer. When she represents you, she is your advocate and that is what you should be looking for in a lawyer.


    William Nolan Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Lyman Dowling Law

300 Office Park Dr.
Suite 160
Birmingham, AL, 35223


ALAuthorized to practice law200309/11/2015
DCActive 199908/22/2008
VAAuthorized to practice law199703/11/2014
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 200509/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Registered Domestic Relations MediatorAlabama Center for Dispute ResolutionN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBalch & Bingham2003 - 2008
AssociateLeClair Ryan2001 - 2003
AssociateBean, Kinney & Korman, PC1997 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Association for Conflict ResolutionN/AN/A
Birmingham Collaborative AllianceFounding Board MemberN/A
Birmingham Bar Association, Women Lawyers SectionBoard MemberN/A
Alabama Law Institute, Committee on the Alabama Collaborative Law ActLegistlative Committee MemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Father Doe v. Mother RoeFather was able to obtain custody without bureaucracy of DHR and family court which is not set up to provide for private custody between unmarried parents.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Alabama State Bar AssociationIt Takes Two to Untangle2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterMagna Cum LaudeJD - Juris Doctor1997
Cornell UniversityHuman Develpment and Family StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1994
International Association of Collaborative ProfessioanlsAdvanced Training in Collaborative Divorce PracticeN/AN/A
Mediation Media/Atlanta Justice CenterN/AN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Domestic Violence in Divorce and Family MediationProtection from Abuse Orders2013
Law School ADR ClassCollaborative Law2012
Don't be afraid to go Solo!Practice Management2011
Divorce can be DifferentMediation in Divorce2011
Second Saturday for WomenLegal Presenter on Divorce PlanningN/A