Ashley Michael


Albeit a trained litigator, Ashley believes that upon thoroughly educating clients about various legal paths, litigation/alternative dispute resolution/collaborative divorce/contractual non-litigation, the client may determine the right approach to their legal claims which best fit their personality, budget and familial needs.


To educate and empower clients to take control of the outcome of their legal path, keep them informed about their legal matter, be their vocal advocate, and act as their guide throughout representation while providing economical and efficient representation so they may separate and/or divorce with dignity.

In adoption or ART matters, to educate and empower clients to take control of planning their family the way they envision at the time in their life which they choose, providing interdisciplinary services, keeping them informed at every step of the way, being as proactive as possible, being a vocal advocate while being respectful of all parties involved, while providing economical and efficient representation, with being communicative for any necessary resources and/or interested parties.

Practice Areas

New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Onslow Counties

  • Family Law & Divorce
    • Litigation and/or Contractual
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Adoption; including ICWA, Interstate, International and Litigation
  • ART Matters and Litigation (Assisted Reproductive Technology)
  • Termination of Parental Rights

Education/Bar Admission/Certifications

  • University of North Carolina-Asheville 1999, Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing; Minor 2-D Art with a concentration in Photography
    • Dean’s List graduate
    • City of Asheville Ambassador
  • Appalachian School of Law-Juris Doctorate 2006
    • Associate Editor of Appalachian Journal of Law
    • Moot Court Board
    • President, Phi Delta Phi
  • North Carolina State Bar Admission 2006
  • District and/or Superior Court appointed Guardian ad Litem for Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Minor Settlements, Incompetency since 2007
  • North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, Family Financial Mediator 2012; District Court
    • Child Custody/ Child Support/ Spousal Support/Equitable Distribution
  • Domestic Collaborative Law trained 2013
  • Certified Parent Coordinator 2018

Honors & Distinctions

North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law 2017
2019 Legal Elite Family Law attorney (Business North Carolina Magazine)

Professional & Civic Involvement

North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina Bar Association
New Hanover County Bar Association
New Hanover County Family Court Rules Committee
New Hanover County Lawyers for Literacy
New Hanover County Juvenile Crime Prevention County Board Member (former-6 year term)
Dreams of Wilmington Board of Directors (former 3 year term)
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
North Carolina Collaborative Attorney Network (NC-CAN) Board of Directors (founding member)
Coastal Collaborative Colleagues Board of Directors (founding member)
Member Pine Valley United Methodist Church
Volunteers: Nourish NC, Good Shephard, March of Dimes, Legal Aid of North Carolina, NC 4-ALL, Open Gate/Domestic Violence Shelter


Wife and mother of 2 children
Hobbies: reading, hiking, visiting family, travel

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