In 2006, I started my career in family law litigation. While I was able to help clients reach resolution and guide them through difficult times in their lives using litigation, I also wanted to help them heal. As a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, I understand the complexities of the family law statutes, but I’m also intent on being exceptional at helping my clients overcome the conflict inherent in divorce to reach agreements and move on with life.
When Collaborative Divorce became a North Carolina legal statute over ten years ago, it gave family law attorneys a powerful alternative to litigation. I now use Collaborative Divorce as a robust process to offer my clients a greater possibility of healing along with the assurance of knowing I will always work to protect what matters most to them.
I’ve seen how easy it is to forget what’s important when arguments about assets intensify, when kids are caught in the crosshairs and when overwhelming feelings of fear and anger escalate. But divorce doesn’t have to destroy everyone and everything.
Besides being highly experienced in Collaborative Divorce representation, I am one of a handful of North Carolina family law attorneys who has the distinction of being a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA). This distinction, and my decision to restrict my family law practice to Collaborative Divorce, makes me uniquely qualified to guide clients through complex financial dynamics during the divorce process.
Our initial consultation is a candid, confidential meeting where I want to understand the unique circumstances of your situation. Before our meeting ends, I will have outlined all of the legal options available to you. One of those options will be Collaborative Divorce, which is a non-court option.
Even if there’s tension and strong emotions between you and your spouse, Collaborative Divorce can be a far more constructive way to end the marriage, especially when safeguarding your children and protecting your assets is a shared concern.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified Specialist - Family Law||North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization||2015|
|North Carolina Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service||Governor of North Carolina||2003|
|Attorney||Springfield Collaborative Divorce||2012 - Present|
|Attorney||The Burleigh Law Firm, PLLC||2010 - 2012|
|Attorney||Velazquez & Associates||2008 - 2010|
|Attorney||The Franklin Law Center PLLC||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2010 - Present|
|Durham Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|The Peacemaker||Collaborative Family Law||2011|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of Pennsylvania||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|Family Law How-To's: Setting Yourself Up for Success||Collaborative Law: The Wave of the Future||2013|
|Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Training||Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Training||2013|
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