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History in North Carolina

Collaborative law first came to North Carolina in the late 1990s. In 2003, the state legislature passed a bill recognizing collaborative law as an alternative to court divorce and defining the key components of the process. Over the past decade and half, hundreds of North Carolina attorneys have received training in the collaborative divorce process, and in 2017 the North Carolina Collaborative Attorney Network (NC-CAN) was created. NC-CAN was founded to help ensure that couples in North Carolina facing the crisis of divorce are aware of the collaborative divorce option and to ensure that they can find attorneys who can provide the highest quality collaborative process. Together the attorneys of NC-CAN have over four decades of experience representing clients in collaborative divorce cases. The North Carolina Collaborative Attorney Network is comprised only of qualified and committed collaborative practitioners who have been instrumental to developing collaborative in North Carolina. We are dedicated to helping families like yours find the resources to divorce without destruction.

Founding Members

  • Ashley Michael

    Esq.

    Ashley Michael is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, 1 of 254* in the state to hold this distinction out of more than 20,000 licensed attorneys, and was licensed to practice by the North Carolina State Bar in September of 2006.  She practices in Wilmington with Craige & Fox, PLLC and typically represents clients […]

  • Ashley-Nicole Russell

    Esq.

    Ashley-Nicole is dedicated to understanding her client’s needs and protecting their interests. She understands that disruption and change cause significant instability and uncertainty. Ashley-Nicole and her team are here to address your concerns, and provide solutions. As child of divorce, Ashley-Nicole knows first-hand the hardship and long term effect of the traditional litigation model. She […]

  • Deb Dilman

    Esq.

    Prior to practicing law, Deborah worked for many years in the financial industry but felt this work did not impact individuals the way she wanted. Deborah was determined to not only be a good attorney but to learn to really listen to clients and to understand their needs and concerns. Since 2005, Deborah embarked on […]

  • Gib Irons

    Esq.

    Gib Irons is the managing partner of Irons & Irons P.A., a Greenville, NC family law practice focused on collaborative divorce and collaborative family law. Attorney Irons provides a client-based service that caters to individuals seeking to reach a favorable resolution in their collaborative divorce case within a reasonable time frame. In an effort to […]

  • Kerry Burleigh

    Esq.

    In 2006, I started my career in family law litigation. While I was able to advise clients and use the litigation system to get them through difficult times in their lives, I found I also wanted to help them transition out of those difficult times with a workable plan, which the litigation system didn’t usually […]

  • Mark A. Springfield

    Esq.

    If you are having to consider divorce, for whatever reason, I think you are wise to be considering the collaborative process. For the last fifteen years I’ve dedicated my legal practice to this legal option for divorcing, because I’ve become absolutely convinced that for most couples, it’s a less destructive and less expensive approach to […]

  • Molly Anthony

    Esq.

    As an attorney, I enjoy helping families resolve their disputes peacefully. I love how the collaborative process enables the professionals involved in a case to focus on the needs and interests of the family members, often achieving an amazing outcome that could never happen in court. I have been practicing family law exclusively for the […]

  • Patti Holt

    Esq.

    I obtained a nursing degree from Emory University and practiced as a nurse for several years in the fields of pediatrics, emergency care, cardiology, infertility and hospice care.  Although I enjoyed being a nurse, I became interested in law, and worked my way through law school at UNC Chapel Hill, attending classes by day and working […]

  • Randolph (Tre’) Morgan, III

    Esq.

    I am Randolph (Tré) Morgan III, a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, collaborative divorce attorney and mediator in Raleigh, North Carolina. Through my practice at the Law Office of Randolph Morgan III, P.A., I represent clients in North Carolina divorce, custody, alimony, child support, property division and other related matters. Find out what it is like […]