Irene King is an experienced Collaborative Divorce lawyer, North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Family Financial Mediator. As a divorce lawyer and as a daughter embroiled in her parents’ divorce, Irene has endured the devastating and traumatic fallout of a traditional litigated divorce where people think they are seeking fairness, justice and to have their story heard and validated in a courtroom. What people do not recognize when they hire a traditional divorce lawyer is that they are signing up for an approach that uses 19th century court tactics to engage in a public battle. The cost is that children, families and communities suffer in a system that encourages and perpetuates conflict.
In 2015, after litigating cases for over a decade, Irene stopped litigating completely and opened the doors to King Collaborative Family Law, where she thoughtfully guides clients in resolving all family conflict outside of the courtroom. The Collaborative Divorce process is a cutting edge and responsible approach for divorcing couples. It offers them the opportunity to consciously choose a private, confidential process that serves their highest needs and priorities, promotes the well-being and stability of their children, allows them to problem-solve and communicate more effectively to heal, move forward and rebuild their lives, and preserves the family finances and resources.
There are so many benefits of a Collaborative Divorce that one of Irene’s goals is to ensure that one day Collaborative will be the first choice for families in transition and the adversarial process will be the last resort.
In addition to her Collaborative Divorce practice, Irene negotiates and prepares settlement documents such as Prenuptial, Postnuptial, Separation and Cohabitation Agreements. In her role as a mediator, Irene compassionately helps people resolve their disputes.
Originally from Indiana, Irene graduated summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio in 2000 with a BA in political science and a minor in vocal music performance. Irene earned her JD from The University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, NC in 2004 and moved to Charlotte the same year to begin practicing family law at a litigation firm.
Irene is a past President and Executive Board member of the Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals and made it her passionate mission to expand the membership during her six years at the helm of the organization. She has been named “Legal Elite” in Family Law by Business North Carolina, a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” in Family Law, and has received other accolades for her work as a family lawyer. She is an active member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, My Collaborative Team, NC Civil Collaborative Law Association, Association of Family Conciliation Courts, Global Collaborative Law Council, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and other organizations.
Irene loves to sing classical and all types of music, has sung the National Anthem at Charlotte sporting events and is a frequent singer at Naturalization ceremonies for the Western District of NC.