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Daphne D. Edwards

Family Attorney at Raleigh, NC

4.5   23 reviews

also known as Wake County Divorce & Family Law Attorney

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Daphne

Learn Daphne’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%

  2. Family
    20%
    Custody, Alimony, Separation Agreements, Mediation, Child Support, Equitable Distribution (Division of Marital Assets and Debts), Post Separation Support, Divorce

  3. Divorce and separation
    15%
    Custody, Alimony, Separation Agreements, Mediation, Child Support, Equitable Distribution (Division of Marital Assets and Debts), Post Separation Support, Divorce

  4. Alimony
    10%

  5. Appeals
    10%
    Family law appeals

    22 years

  6. Child support
    10%

  7. Domestic violence
    5%

  8. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

  9. Mediation
    5%

With more than two decades of experience, Daphne Edwards & her team focus exclusively on divorce and family law matters addressing the most complex issues facing divorcing couples: custody, asset division, alimony and child support, mediation and divorce arbitration, and the crafting of reliable separation agreements, as well as issues surrounding domestic violence, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology matters. Daphne’s approach is simple: each case is unique and each client receives personalized attention and the highest standard of care available while her team works to achieve that client’s specific goals.


Daphne has over twenty years of experience and is known to be an aggressive advocate for her clients. She is a fierce and experienced negotiator. From cases involving closely held assets to complex custody and relocation matters, she is a relentless advocate for her clients and a formidable trial attorney with experience litigating all types of family matters. She has been listed as “Legal Elite” for Family Law in Business North Carolina Magazine (less than 3% selected) and North Carolina Super Lawyers for Family Law (only 5% are selected). Daphne is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Committee as a Certified Family Financial Mediator.

Location

Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law, P.C.
2301 Rexwoods Drive
Suite 118
Raleigh, NC, 27607

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Richard M. Balgowan | February 16, 2023
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Outstanding Family Law Firm
We have been working with Daphne, and her staff, for several months now. Daphne has been worrking on Grandparental us related to a nasty divorce my son is going through in NC. I could not have anticipated better communications and service from Daphne and her staff. Someone is always available to answer my concerns and Daphne always keeps us current on the status of the case and her plans of action. In addition, if I have to leave a message with them, specifically for Daphne, I ALWAYS get a prompt call back. We could not have selected a better firm. We don't wish what my family is going through on anyone but it is great to know that we have Daphne's and her staff leading and guiding us. I highly recommend her and her staff.
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Posted by Sarah | October 23, 2020
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Handling DVPO/Interstate Custody/UCCJEA
I strongly recommend Daphne and Melanie! I've had a very difficult case related to domestic violence, UCCJEA and interstate custody. Daphne was the top of all. Daphne and her team are extremely professional, motivated to really help people, attend each aspect of the case promptly, kind and courteous and most importantly really keep on focus of the needs of the client.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2020
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Highly satisfied Client!!
My wife and I made an informed decision earlier this year to go after primary custody of my children from a previous marriage. We researched and chose Daphne and her team based on reviews from multiple sources. Needless to say, the positive reviews have been on point! Unfortunately, our case was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Daphne and her team have stayed in continuous contact and made sure they captured our concerns. Before we made it to the initial hearing, one of my kids had a serious issue which warranted a emergency hearing for custody. Daphne not only responded immediately, but quickly gathered all need information and prepared the case. At this point, Daphne's poise, expertise, and tenacity came to bear in court as we encountered unexpected circumstances. Instead of the judge looking over the order and making a decision, we instead had an impromptu hearing. Daphne's ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome a difficult situation, which we had not fully prepared for, was on full display. She not only helped me stay calm and collected, but used testimony from multiple sources to develop a rock solid case for our side. At the end of the day, her efforts led to a temporary custody win. Not one to rest on an initial victory, Daphne immediately began developing strategy for the next hearing as soon as we walked outside the courtroom. I cannot say enough about Daphne's expertise and tenacity, and would not have had the same result with a lesser lawyer. My wife and I highly recommend Daphne to anyone looking for an outstanding family law attorney. She is highly effective, and very open and honest when discussing the case with you. We are extremely happy with our decision and would hire Daphne and her team again with no hesitation!
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Posted by Amy | September 7, 2020
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Hardworking and caring Lawyer
Daphne and all of the members of her staff have treated me with upmost kindness and respect every time that I have visited their office. I have seen how much Daphne cares about her clients and would trust her with any of my legal issues.
Posted by William | September 7, 2020
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Conflict and Resolution
Divorce is always messy and emotional. No one "wins." Daphne was able to help me navigate the challenges of a divorce with speed and efficiency. I did not get everything that I wanted, but the process was fair and efficient.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2020
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Review for Daphne Edwards
I just went through a very difficult separation. Getting to a legal resolution required excellent prep work by Daphne and her team. When we went to mitigation, Daphne and her team were much better prepared than the other side and we were able to negotiate a settlement which was very much in line with my original offer. She kept me closely appraised of all developments along the way. Daphne did an outstanding job and I would highly recommend her to anyone that is going through a separation or divorce.
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Response from Daphne Edwards May 7, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave this review of your experience with our firm. We do our best to make our clients' goals and outcomes resolve to as close to the same thing as possible. We are pleased to have hit this mark. All the best, The Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law Team
Posted by Kelly | February 19, 2020
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Amazing Family Law Attorney
I hired Daphne to assist me with my a custody modification case. She was so caring and knowledgeable. I never once felt like I wasn't a priority. She knows how to get the job done. If you're looking for a great family law attorney to assist you, Daphne is the way to go.
Posted by jason luszcak | January 12, 2018
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she did what I thought would be nearly impossible.
Daphne was amazing for me. my son's mother took him several states away and I thought it was going to be nearly impossible to get him back. I left her a voicemail on a Saturday and didn't expect to hear anything till Monday at the soonest. to my surprise within an hour of leaving her a voicemail she called me back. threw the entire process of building our case I was devastated but she constantly re assured me that it was going to be ok and she was going to do everything she could to get him back to me. I truly felt that I was in great hands and that she seen and felt the pain I was in. she was amazing swift and efficient at threading threw everything we needed for the case with constant double checking everything especially because of the differences in the 2 states laws. she was always in great contact with me with every step of the way even when I was out of the state to retrieve my son after the emergency custody was awarded to me. when we went to court I was truly ready for anything with her at my side. she so efficient and direct it made court seem like it was over in just a few minutes. after winning my case she followed up with me several times to make sure things were going well for me and my son. she truly felt like my guardian Angel in my darkest of times and she brought the light back into my life. I would absolutely recommend Daphne to anyone.
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Posted by Chris | October 25, 2017
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Child Support
I met with Daphne at an initial consultation and instantly felt comfortable with her knowledge and compassion in my case. I provided her with the requested documentation and she handled it from there. At the hearing her professionalism and confidence stood out to me and it got the job done. I would highly recommend Daphne!
Posted by Andrea H | October 18, 2017
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Custody and Child Support
I hired Daphne to represent me with my divorce and custody issues. Not only was she extremely professional, she was compassionate, extremely sensitive, and always available when I needed her. She was genuinely sympathetic and concerned with my situation. She put me at ease from the first minute I met her and I felt like I had known her for years. She was very knowledgeable and got the job done!
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Posted by Tracy | February 27, 2017
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Compassionate & Conscientious Attorney
Daphne has been nothing short of a miracle worker for me as I deal with issues from Child Custody, Equitable Distribution, Child Support and more for the past 7+ years. She is a caring, conscientious, proactive and reactive, compassionate, knowledgable attorney whom I trust wholeheartedly. Daphne is innovative with complex family law, confident in her abilities as a lawyer, timely with being prepared for issues, listens to my opinions and above all is responsive to my needs as a client. My case is a testimony to her continued desire to be the best attorney she can be while putting her heart, soul and vast knowledge into her job of helping acheive the best possible outcome for me, her client. I highly recommend Daphne if you are in need of an attorney who puts your best interest first and foremost above all else.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2017
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Great Service, Super Prompt!
I hired Daphne to help me with a ceased and desist letter. She had it completed in the mail in less than a day! I was beyond impressed with her urgency to have the letter completed and mailed! Her staff was also extremely helpful along the way! I will without a doubt use Ms. Edwards for any other legal matters I have! Highly recommended!
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Posted by Corey | February 21, 2017
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Divorce
Daphne was truly spectacular in helping me get a divorce when I was out of the country. She did everything she could to help me and went above and beyond even helping me to save money. She fought for my rights and I won't hesitate to have her again in the future if needed. Thank you so much for everything! You have made my life easier in so many ways!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
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Custody Agreement
Daphne Edwards did a wonderful job helping me obtain a custody agreement that was in the best interest of my son. She was extremely knowledgeable and helped us keep the process moving. She was patient with my "what-ifs" and provided answers to all of my questions. Daphne was professional and compassionate at all times. Although I was terrified to start the process, Daphne put me at ease and gave me a solid path to peace of mind. She laid out the process for me and walked me through to the end. Now that the process has been completed, I would like to say that I am grateful for Daphne's services and the resulting custody agreement! I would recommend her to anyone seeking solutions to a custody dispute.
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Posted by Nicholas LaRose | May 17, 2016
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Emergency Custody and Sole Legal/Physical Custody
Daphne, helped me to obtain emergency custody of my son when he was in danger. She worked with me to obtain sole legal and physical custody as well. Daphne is very personable and cared whole heartedly about the welfare of my son, where other attorneys showed their focus was on how much money they were going to make. Daphne made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process. As difficult the stress of going through any custody motion can be, Daphne was very supportive and I would recommend her to anyone. I am forever grateful for what she was able to do for my son and I. Thank you Daphne!
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2016
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Post-separation agreement
If you are looking for an attorney to negotiate a separation agreement, Daphne is a 10/10. She was very good at communicating what the status of negotiations were. She took time to figure out what I was willing to agree to and what I wasn't. In the end, she saved me a boat load (probably closer to two boat loads) of money and helped put my mind at ease regarding my financial future. I was having a lot of trouble separating the emotional aspects of my separation and the financial aspects. Daphne took an immeasurable burden off my shoulders during a very tumultuous time. She is worth every penny, and paid for herself many times over in dollars saved.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
Custody dispute
We hired Daphne to represent us regarding a custody dispute. She is very knowledgeable and informative and explained the process to us in a way we could understand. Daphne always had time for our calls and/of e-mails and responded quickly to both. We are still in the process of working through the dispute but have been very happy with the work she has done so far. She is also very compassionate and we really feel that she care about our concerns.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2014
A true go getter who fights for her clients
Daphne put me at ease from the first meeting. She did what she promised in a timely manner and always kept me informed. She was compassionate for me and my child and expressed kindness but diligent throughout.
Posted by Debra Adkins | July 8, 2014
Grandparent Concerns
My husband and I had been referred to Daphne Edwards by another attorney. We were distraught with the threat of not being allowed to see our grandson. We told our story and Daphne was very detail-orientated in taking her notes. She went above and beyond the due diligence of research on the laws and applications of grandparents' rights. Attached to an email she had included an article, from a law journal, on current grandparent privileges. Daphne is not only a professional, but shows compassion for the individual's situation. We highly recommend Daphne Edwards as a competent and dedicated attorney in the field of Family Law.
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Posted by Joey | June 26, 2014
Daphne Edwards Review
Daphne is very dedicated to doing whatever she can to help her clients have a favorable outcome. Everyone knows the law is quite robust. If you ask Daphne a question and she's not 100% sure of the answer, she will do the necessary research to be able to answer your questoin correctly. Her professionalism is unmatched also. I would highly recommend Daphne for your family law needs.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Daphne Edwards Family Law
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Campbell Law School
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney; Assistant Attorney General
  • North Carolina Dept. of Justice; DA's Office
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Golden Gate University Schol Of Law
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Staff Attorney; Judicial Law Clerk, Judge Proctor Hug, Jr.
  • United States Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • 2002 - 2011
  • Assistant Counsel
  • United States Senate Legislative Counsel's Office
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice Robert Orr
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Oregon
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Custody
  • We prevailed with my client, the father, getting the visitation he sought, with additional protections. for him in the future.
  • Alimony, Child Custody, Property Division
  • We prevailed with my client receiving a strong alimony payment for about 10 years, an equitable division of property, and joint custody of her teenage child.
  • Child Custody Case
  • We prevailed with my client receiving primary physical custody of her daughter and the court placing severe restrictions on the father regarding alcohol use requiring him to maintain two forms of alcohol monitoring during his visits.
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Associations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association, Social Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wake County Bar Association, Social Committee
  • Chair
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers / Thompson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers / Thompson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite, Family Law Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers / Thompson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite, Family Law Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite, Family Law Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite, Family Law Section
  • Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 1997 Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
  • Faculty, Golden Gate Law School
  • 1997
  • Law Journal Editor
  • Law Review
  • 1997
  • American Jurisprudence/Book Award: Family Law
  • Golden Gate Law School
  • 1996
  • American Jurisprudence/Book Award: Solving Legal Problems
  • Golden Gate Law School
  • 1996
  • American Jurisprudence/Book Award: Criminal Procedure
  • Golden Gate Law School
  • 1995
  • Merit Tuition Scholarships, 1995-1996 and 1996-1997
  • Golden Gate Law School
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Family Forum, Vol. 34, No. 5, June 2014
  • Case Summaries
  • 2014
  • Family Forum, Vol. 35, No. 1, Oct. 2014
  • Case Summaries
  • 2014
  • Family Forum, Vol. 34, No. 3, March 2014
  • Case Summaries
  • 2014
  • Golden Gate University Law Review
  • Acquaintance Rape & The Force Element
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • NBI Advanced Custody & Support Issues
  • Custody Relocation Cases & Interstate Custody Cases
  • 2018
  • 2016 Family Law Update
  • How to Obtain Electronic Discovery and Ensure It’s Admissible
  • 2016
  • Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • 2015
  • Mass Appeal, 2014 Appellate Practice Section Annual CLE, Co-Planner & Moderator
  • Appellate Law
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
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Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Daphne is a smart and dedicated attorney who is dedicated to advancing her client's interests efficiently and effectively. She knows how to get matters settled when that is possible but is also skilled in the courtroom if a trial is necessary."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Daphne Edwards for any domestic case. I routinely refer clients to her and have heard nothing but glowing reviews from those referrals. Daphne's office is down the hall from my own so I I have the opportunity to see her passion and energy for her clients at work on a regular basis."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daphne Edwards is a first rate lawyer in all respects: passionate about her clients, smart and savvy, knowledgeable about the system and how everything works together. She works relentlessly and digs down deep to get the absolute best result in every case. She will not settle for less. Experienced, wise, caring, committed. I could not think more highly of a lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daphne is a knowledgeable and dynamic family law attorney with a passion for the law. She is a savvy negotiator and a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. Her experience as an appellate attorney gives her an edge over just about every other lawyer she faces. As a fellow family law attorney, I frequently consult with her on tough issues and she always responds with a reasoned and insightful resolution. She is committed to delivering the best representation possible and is driven to help those she serves. For all of these reasons as well as her integrity and work ethic, I highly recommend Daphne Edwards."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Daphne is bright, hard-working and really cares about her clients. In family law, it is important to identify and understand the complexities of a client's total situation. Daphne has the breadth of both professional and life experience that enable her to help each of her clients accomplish his or her goals."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Daphne is smart and very committed to her clients. She is a great lawyer and I refer cases to her routinely. I highly recommend her for family law and divorce cases. Alice Stubbs"
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Raleigh Family Lawyer Daphne D. Edwards
Daphne D. Edwards
Family Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 26 years