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Anastasia Elizabeth Cowan

Child custody Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   8 reviews
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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2010
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I pursued my undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. I was a resident advisor, a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of the Women’s Glee Club. While at Ohio State, I was able to sing in various places throughout the United States and had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in three years and used the fourth year to intern at the Ohio State Bar Foundation. At the Bar Foundation, I was able to work on various charitable endeavors throughout the community.

Iattended Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned a J.D. with an education concentration in children and family law. While at Capital, I worked for the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, interned with the Durham County Attorney for the Department of Social Services and worked as a hearing officer for Franklin County’s Teen Court Program. I also competed on the school’s Children and Family Moot Court team.

After graduating from Law School, I moved to Charlotte and opened a private practice focusing in indigent criminal defense, juvenile delinquency, and child welfare. Shortly thereafter, I was hired on as the Mental Health Attorney on the Children’s Defense team at the Council for Children’s Rights. While in that role, I represented hundreds of child clients in mental health and delinquency proceedings.

When I  not working, I serve as the chair for the Young Lawyer’s Division of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes project which drafts estate planning documents for first responders. I have also previously served as the co-chair for the Bar Association’s Project Grace, a project helping elderly, low income people with estate planning documents. I enjoy hiking, running, traveling, spending time at the beach, and throwing tennis balls to my shih tzu, Daisy.


Arnold & Smith, PLLC
200 N. McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC, 28204


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Posted by JP | March 2, 2019
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A Game Changer
I met Anastasia Cowan two years ago at a time that I had given up on all family law lawyers. Previous lawyers were only interested in billable hours and stretching my custody case for as long as possible. A lot of money resulted in zero results for me as a client! It is tough to find a good lawyer who truly cares about their clients. Anastasia cares and seeks justice for her clients! From the beginning she understood my family objectives and together we developed a road map to improve my child custody and child support case. She is one of a kind. Anastasia is a straight talker with a no non-sense legal approach. She is a hard worker and she rises to the occasion during the big games. She delivered great results for me and I am sincerely thankful that I met Anastasia. She has changed my family life for the better and I would highly recommend her for your family law issues.
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Posted by EW | November 20, 2018
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So impressive
Anastasia Cowan was exactly what our family needed. She was bright, trustworthy, experienced, and extremely professional. Over the 3 years we used her services she impressed us over and over again. Ms. Cowan is TOUGH when it matters and very level headed. We could trust her to explain the realities of the court system and come up with the best approach and plan to reach our goal. She will definitely be our go-to family attorney for the future and I can't recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Nadaye | October 3, 2018
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She’s the one!
If you’re going through child custody, divorce.. save time and energy and hire Anastasia Cowan. She’s a child welfare law specialist (1 out of 22 lawyers in N.C.). My child custody case is quite unique. The other lawyers didn’t grasp that. I’m grateful to God for sending Anastasia my way. She’s straightforward. She’ll tell you what you need to hear and will be tough on you if she needs to so you know what to expect and she’ll come up with a strategy to get you what you want. She doesn’t waste your time or money talking about everything and anything just to get billable hours. She focuses on your goal and will fight for you to get you what you want. What I like the most about her is she’s open minded and where some lawyers can’t see a way, she’ll make a way. Her creativity is definitely a big asset. In court she doesn’t let the opposing counsel get away with anything. She’s calm yet fierce. All praise to God, I was able to get a temporary parenting agreement from the judge that was way better than what everyone thought. I’m grateful that I had Anastasia on my side to fight for me. If your child custody case is not unique, I’d still hire her. You might get more than is expected. If she’s that good at winning difficult and unique child custody cases, i wonder what she’ll do with standard, typical cases? She’s easy to talk to, super fast at getting back to you via email (I love that about her), compassionate and creative. I’m grateful for having her represent me. Keep up the good work Anastasia! Thanks for everything!
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Posted by Diane | October 19, 2017
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Hands Down Recommend Anastasia for Child Custody
I came to Anastasia Cowan at the Arnold & Smith offices in the most desperate of circumstances. I was a single mom with a one year old and my custody case was very difficult and unique to most lawyers, I interviewed several attorneys before going with Anastasia and I am forever grateful that I did. Her professionalism, intelligence and genuine concern have been pivotal in getting the results I wanted and needed. Her knowledge for the law and her strategy leave you feeling confident and she helped me settle with the best possible outcome. She is thorough and honest. I would recommend Anastasia to ANYONE involved in a child custody crisis. She navigated me through the most difficult time of my life and got me the results I hoped for. Forever thankful.
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Posted by Holly | March 2, 2017
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I absolutely, without any reservations, recommend Anastasia Cowan!
I never ever thought I would be going through a divorce. I am a stay at home, home-school mom who has been out of the work force for the past 22 years. I was terrified at the thought of just making the initial consultation appointment. I am so glad I didn't let fear win. The office has a very warm atmosphere and the appointment started on time. I met with Anastasia Cowan and Matthew Arnold. They thoroughly answered all my questions and put my fears to rest. They didn't try to force a decision from me in any way. After the consultation though, I knew this was who I wanted representing me. Anastasia Cowan is competent and thorough in her processes. When I was unsure and asked her opinion she was straightforward and clear in her responses. When I didn't understand she was able to explain and make things clear. She patiently answered my questions, and I asked a lot of questions. She brought a sense of calm whenever I started to get anxious or overwhelmed. Anastasia is fierce. Sitting next to her in court was amazing. She is calm and confident, and rightly so. She is completely prepared. She is ready for what ever comes her way. She doesn't get flustered. She is focused and on task. I felt completely safe and protected, because I was. Divorce is quite a process. Your lawyer is going to become intimate with every detail of your life, past and present. Never once did I feel judged or unimportant. Whenever we would discuss something I always felt like I was her only client, even though I wasn't. I whole-heartedly recommend Anastasia Cowan. You could not be in better hands.
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Posted by Teresa | February 6, 2017
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Saying Thank you is not enough
I met Anastasia 8 days before a full custody hearing. Even I had a lot of documentation and the best of intentions. I couldn’t made it with out her. It would not be possible without her professionalism and deep understanding of the law . She was also very responsive via e mail and phone whenever I had questions Sometimes love and justice is not enough, you need a lawyer to defend you, in my case, I found so much more than that. This is a very complicated situation, and not matter how hard things are. She sincerely cares about her clients, she cares about me and my daughter. On top of that she works with a great assistant, Kristin, they are very responsive, very quickly not only rights you back, but Kristin writes back in the next hour or so, it is unbelievable the kind of person that she is. No wonder why they work as a team. When things get impossible, she is there to lift you up and see the good things. Anastasia is not only my attorney; she gives me hope. She is more that I wonderful attorney, she is a wonderful person. She takes the time to listen to you, hear your opinion. Anastasia can see so much father that I can see and is able to bring me peace when everything is shaking. There is not one day goes by that when I see or play with my daughter the name Anastasia does comes to my mind. Going through a custody batter, I would say, torture, it is hard to explain all the things that you want to say, You need a an attorney that is there for you, your voice when you don’t have the right words. She is definitely in my prayers at night when I get to part of being thankful you for things. She is definitely someone you want on your side to help you through. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Mitch | January 24, 2017
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Best Attorney Ever!!!!!!!!! Yes I reccomed her!
Like most of us do when we find ourselves in need of an attorney, we thank to ourselves, how much is it going to cost and how will I pay for it. That is exactly what I said when I found myself in a child custody battle between me and my ex. After going to court, I quickly realized that this was not a task I wanted to take on without legal advice. Again, like most of us I ran to the rescue of the internet. I began to search for attorneys based on ratings and reviews. After that, I narrowed it down based on what each attorney charged and for what. I found what I believed to be a good attorney, boy was I wrong! After getting the run around, being lied too, penny pitched, and taken advantage of by the one I was paying to represent my best interest, I was fed up. By this point, my funds were running low however, I was in too deep and needed to figure out something quick. After 3 attorneys, from 3 different law firms, and several maxed-out credit cards, I felt maybe this was a waste of time. Then I figured, what the heck I will give it one last shot. Back to the internet I went and this time I stumbled upon Arnold and Smith Law Firm. After reading the reviews I quickly made an appointment. Once I arrived I was greeted by a young lady who provided excellent customer service. I was then escorted to a conference room, offered some refreshments and was told the attorney would be in shortly. Shortly after, I was greeted by a young lady that was soft spoken and easy going. She introduced herself as Anastasia. I said to myself OMG, here I go again. She didn’t look like she would harm a fly. By this point, I had been through a lot, and things were not looking good, I needed a bulldog on myside. She sat down and we began to talk, I started with day one and brought her up to my current situation. After explaining to her how many times I had been to court, how many judges I had spoken to, and how many attorneys I had, she just smiled and said “ok and”! I took a stack of papers about 2 inches thick and pushed them across the table to her, I told her that these were the papers I had collected over the years going back and forth to court. She smiled and said, “I am here to help you”! I said to her “that’s what the last 3 attorneys said and now I am left with a big debt and a stack of papers”. She smiled and said “just give me a chance, it’s going to cost you, I am not sure how much and if you feel like we are getting in too deep just let me know and I won’t be offended, we can stop”. Fast forward to a year later, I now have custody of my daughter during the school year, along with child support to assist me with caring for her needs. If you are looking for an attorney to help you with a child custody case, one that will fight for you, will not nickel and dime you for every little thing, one you can trust, one that is not money hungry, one that will keep their word, one that will fight to the end and will never leave you alone, then go see Anastasia Cowan and the folks over at Arnold and Smith Law Firm. Anastasia and her paralegal Kristin Pierce will work tirelessly and do what needs to be done to ensure your voice is heard, you are treated fairly and that justice is served. From day one Anastasia has been genuine, and showed her love and compassion for kids, my other attorneys couldn’t even remember my child’s name. However Anastasia not only remembers her name but also emails periodically to check on her wellbeing. Don’t take my word for it go see Anastasia Cowan and Kristin Pierce they together will get you major results that you will see from day one!
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Posted by Jennifer | June 24, 2016
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Wonderful attorney
Anastasia was very thorough. She took a lot of time to answer our questions and make sure we were satisfied. I reccomend her and will continue to reccomend her to friends and family.
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Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Arnold & Smith, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mental Health Attorney
  • Council For Children's Rights
  • 2013 - 2015


  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2010 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Child Welfare Law Specialist
  • NACC
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • National Wells Conference
  • Child Welfare
  • 2016

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Charlotte Child custody Lawyer Anastasia Elizabeth Cowan
Anastasia Elizabeth Cowan
Child custody Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 13 years
Virtual consultation available