"My clients aren't legal cases; they are real people going through tough problems. I'm their advisor, their advocate and their path to a better life."
Family law is my passion and it’s all I’ve practiced for the past 17 years. I enjoy taking the time to really get to know my clients and learn their story. This gives me the chance to dig deep to discover their ultimate goals and work with them to develop a winning strategy. That means sitting face to face with them, if possible, and sharing the pros and the cons of their case. Family law cases are often times filled with bitter emotions and resentment and I won’t sugar coat it. I’m upfront and honest about the likely outcome. Every case has it’s good and bad, and my job is to put your facts and circumstances in the best light to get you the best outcome.
As the proud mom of a teenager, I am keenly aware of the deep bond that exists between a parent and child. I know how important it is to protect that relationship, especially during stressful times like divorce or separation. That’s why I’m such a strong advocate for children and families.
I have extensive experience helping North Carolina families struggling with issues like:
· How to be the best parent you can be when going through a separation or divorce.
· Helping develop a plan to get out of an abusive relationship.
· Determining if you should receive or pay child or spousal support.
· What’s the best division of the marital property for you and your long term goals?
I understand the emotional upheaval and stress experienced by families facing separation and divorce. Using expert knowledge of North Carolina family law and 17 years of practice in the field, I am dedicated to providing steadfast support and guidance to each and every client.
I have a wide range of experience in a range of different legal proceedings, including mediations, arbitrations, litigation, and appeals, and she is the person you want by your side when you’re facing divorce, separation, child custody, property division, domestic violence, or any other family law issue.
With a master’s degree in social work, I’ve helped families by providing therapeutic services to children and families in need. Following my passion for helping victims of domestic abuse and the casualties of broken marriages, I choose to go into family law. I attended North Carolina Central University School of Law, graduating with honors in 2000.
I’m a native of Cary, North Carolina, a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. While in law school, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team, Moot Court, and Senior Editor of the Law Journal. In addition to practicing law,
I believe in giving back to the community. I’m an active supporter of the North Carolina Theatre, North Carolina Museum of Art, Prevent Child Abuse, SAFEChild, American Heart Association, InterAct of Wake County and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Raleigh, NC||ThreeBest Rated||2020|
|Best Business 2018||ThreeBest Rated||2018|
|Legal Elite||NC Business Magazine||2017|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Emerging Women NC of 2016||Emerging Women NC||2016|
|10 Best Attorney in Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2016|
|10 Best Law Firms in Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2016|
|10 Best Attorney in Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Centennial Legacy Leader||East Carolina University||2009|
|Outstanding Alumna||East Carolina University School of Social Work||2004|
|Editor - Law Journal||NCCU School of Law||2000|
|Trial Advocacy Board||NCCU School of Law||2000|
|Cum Laude||North Carolina State University||1997|
|Owner/Attorney||New Direction Family Law||2016 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Triangle Divorce Lawyers, P.L.L.C.||2014 - Present|
|Owner||Elizabeth A. Stephenson Family Law||2002 - 2014|
|Partner||Atkins and Stephenson||2000 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|10th Judicial District Bar Association||N/A||2002 - Present|
|North Carolina State Bar||N/A||2000 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||2000 - Present|
|Wake Count Bar Association||N/A||1998 - Present|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Why is it Important to Consider Your Will When Going Through a Divorce?||2017|
|Leadership Girl||D.W.S (Dating While Separated)||2017|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Looking 4 A Better Life After Divorce?||2017|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Child Support--How Much, How Long and How Does it Change?||2017|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Are Your Kids Sad or Acting Out? Often a Dog can Make things Better!||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||April is Child Abuse Prevention Month||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||How Does Separation or Divorce Affect a Child with Asthma or Other Chronic Illness?||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||What You Need to Know about Military Child Custody Arrangements||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||It's Father's Day and He's Your Ex: How to Make it Work||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Is it Time for a Child Support Tune Up?||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Raising Children in a Home with Two Moms or Two Dads||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||It’s National Ice Cream Month! Let’s celebrate with – ice cream!||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Things to do with Newfound Freedom after Divorce||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Empty Next Syndrome and Divorced or Single Parents||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||New School Year, New Activities, New Custody Schedule?||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||"Labor Day": A New Beginning or Growing Pains?||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Band-Aids for Broken Hearts||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||How to Solve the Stress of Single Parenting Equation||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Fight Like a Mother||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||Adoption: Types, Thoughts and Considerations||2016|
|New Direction Family Law Blog||How to Separate: Sometimes It's Easier Said than Done||2016|
|New Direction Family Law||Newly Separated or Divorced? Don't Let Money Woes Dampen Your Ho Ho Ho||2016|
|Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina||Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect||2016|
|The Covenant with North Carolina's Children||The North Carolina Child Homicide Statute Study||2014|
|North Carolina Central University School of Law||J.D.||2000|
|East Carolina University||MSW||1992|
|North Carolina State University||BSW||1987|
|Why Does He Do That?||Domestic Violence||2017|
|Child Custody - U.S. and Canada||The children were ordered to be returned to my client father in the U.S. After multiple hearings, father was awarded joint legal and physical custody of the minor children.|
|Removal of children from father's custody||Father received sole legal and physical custody of the two minor children|
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