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I approach family law, divorce and custody issues as problems to be solved, not wars to be fought. As a mediator, collaborative attorney, as well as a litigating attorney, I help clients to identify and give voice to their own interests whichever forum they choose to resolve their disputes. These days families with children do not "split up" they reorganize. The more goodwill and trust that can be preserved the better future they will have.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    Less than 1 year
  2. Child Custody: 25%
    Less than 1 year
  3. Family: 15%
    Less than 1 year
  4. Child Support: 10%
    Less than 1 year



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Christie is one of the most capable family lawyers I know. She has the intellect, perseverance, and compassion to handle any family law issue. She is skillful in advocating for her client and seeks the best result for them, both legally and emotionally, in complex family issues. I highly recommend Christie!


    Sarah Bowers Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Edward Burns Harrison Willis

    Christie is a true asset to the family law bar. She is very professional and knows how to effectively communicate with other attorneys and clients.


    Edward Willis Corporate and incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Lyman Dowling Law

300 Office Park Dr.
Suite 160
Birmingham, AL, 35223


ALAuthorized to practice law200307/19/2016
DCActive 199908/22/2008
VAAuthorized to practice law199703/31/2016
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 200507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneysBMetro Magazine2016
Top Women AttorneysBMetro Magazine2015
Registered Domestic Relations MediatorAlabama Center for Dispute ResolutionN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBalch & Bingham2003 - 2008
AssociateLeClair Ryan2001 - 2003
AssociateBean, Kinney & Korman, PC1997 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Association for Conflict ResolutionN/AN/A
Birmingham Collaborative AllianceFounding Board MemberN/A
Birmingham Bar Association, Women Lawyers SectionBoard MemberN/A
Alabama Law Institute, Committee on the Alabama Collaborative Law ActLegistlative Committee MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Father Doe v. Mother RoeFather was able to obtain custody without bureaucracy of DHR and family court which is not set up to provide for private custody between unmarried parents.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Alabama State Bar AssociationIt Takes Two to Untangle2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Cornell Law SchoolHuman Develpment and Family StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1994
International Association of Collaborative ProfessioanlsAdvanced Training in Collaborative Divorce PracticeTesler, Pollak, HeenanN/A
Mediation Media/Atlanta Justice CenterN/A60 Hours in Mediation and Domestic Relations Meidation TrainingN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Domestic Violence in Divorce and Family MediationProtection from Abuse Orders2015
Birmingham Bar AssociationElder Mediation and Collaborative Law2015
Law School ADR ClassCollaborative Law2012
Don't be afraid to go Solo!Practice Management2011
Divorce can be DifferentMediation in Divorce2011
Second Saturday for WomenOngoing Legal Presenter on Divorce PlanningN/A