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Catherine R. Bailey

Family Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Again, divorce and separation can be a broad term related to the issues that arise at the end of a marriage. Often the former couple can resolve their marital issues by agreement.

    18 years

  2. Family
    "Family Law" encompasses many things including divorce, separation, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence, adoption, and prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. I also mediate all types of family law cases.

    18 years

  3. Adoption
    Whether an adoption is uncontested or contested, domestic or international, adopting a relative or adopting a child you have never met, adoption is one of the most rewarding areas of my practice. it can also be one of the most difficult to do right.

    18 years

  4. Alimony
    Whether you're seeking alimony or your former spouse is seeking it, alimony remains one of the most difficult areas of family law to resolve as it varies so much from case to case. Preparation and solid financial evidence is key.

    18 years

  5. Child custody
    Where your children live and who has the authority to raise them is the most important issue in most situations. It is important to advocate for what you believe to be in your child's best interests and why that is the case.

    18 years

  6. Child support
    Making sure that the children have what they need to grow up happy and healthy is a vital part of any breakup where children are involved. It can be challenging to determine the income and the costs associated with caring for your children.

    18 years

  7. Domestic violence
    Sometimes a relationship ends in violence and one party finds him or herself in need of protection. It is important to know that the evidence is gathered and presented in the manner to be successful in court.

    18 years

  8. Guardianship
    Unfortunately, sometimes people cannot manage their own affairs because they are minor children who have no parents available to care for them or because they do not have the capacity to care for themselves.

    18 years

  9. Marriage and prenuptials
    Protecting your assets and income while entering into a marriage is something not everyone thinks about but everyone should. Even if you do not have a lot of assets as you marry, planning what you agree is fair now can inform the future.

    18 years

  10. Uncontested divorce
    Finalizing a divorce after the mandatory one-year separation period can give a sense of finality and relief. It is also nice to know that when you have an attorney representing you you will never have to appear in court to finalize the divorce.

    18 years

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Posted by Walt | September 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic experience
Divorce is no fun for anyone involved but Catherine made the entire process easy and stress-free for me. She helped me get everything I asked for and kept me informed every step of the way. More than that, she was friendly and courteous, keeping me at ease through the most stressful time in my life. I can’t thank her enough.
Posted by Ashley | September 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful, Professional, excellent paralegal
Worked with Ms. Bailey for my divorce. She was extremely professional. Her paralegal was very communicative, helpful, and I couldn’t have done this divorce without her!
Posted by Brandon | September 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!!
Catherine was very compassionate and understanding. She truly cares about her clients and helps make you feel comfortable throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2011
Smart, Professional, & Caring
I went through a divorce that was ...well no divorce is a good experience, but my ex is very disturbed. Catherine always gave sound, professional, ethical advice. Catherine kept the kids and their well being as a primary focus. Alimony, child support, equitable distribution, military pension division were ALL very fair results. At least, I think so.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fresh Start Family Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bailey Family Law
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Senior Associate
  • Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan
  • 2006 - 2009


  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)
  • 2005
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Distinction
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law from A to Z
  • Marriage Dissolution - Process and Procedure
  • 2019
  • Family Law and the Mechanics: Say it Loud, Say it Clear
  • Enforcing Equitable Distribution Orders
  • 2019
  • Family Law Specialization Exam Review
  • Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption
  • 2015
  • Family Law Survey
  • The Basics of Representing Military Families in Divorce in North Carolina
  • 2014
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues
  • 2014
  • 2008 LANC Winter Task Force Meetings
  • The Basics of Representing Military Spouses in Divorces in North Carolina
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Catherine
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A terrific advocate for her clients!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Catherine. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."