Elizabeth A. Stephenson, MSW

Attorney & Parent Coordinator

My clients aren’t legal cases; they are real people going through real and tough problems. I’m their advisor, their advocate, and their path to a better life.
Elizabeth A. Stephenson


Family law is my passion and it’s all I’ve practiced for the past 18 years.  I enjoy taking the time to really get to know my clients and learn their story. This gives me the chance to dig deep to discover their ultimate goals and work with them to develop a winning strategy.  That means sitting face to face with them, if possible, and sharing the pros and the cons of their case.  Family law cases are often times filled with bitter emotions and resentment and I won’t sugar coat it. I’m upfront and honest about the likely outcome.  Every case has it’s good and bad, and my job is to put your facts and circumstances in the best light to get you the best outcome.
I have extensive experience helping North Carolina families struggling with issues like:

I understand the emotional upheaval and stress experienced by families facing separation and divorce. Using expert knowledge of North Carolina family law and over 17 years of practice in the field, I am dedicated to providing steadfast support and guidance to each and every client.

Why Choose Elizabeth Stephenson

In a nutshell, Elizabeth has extensive experience in a range of different legal proceedings, including mediations, arbitrations, litigation, and appeals, and she is the person you want by your side when you’re facing divorce, separationchild custodyproperty divisiondomestic violence, or any other family law issue.

With a master’s degree in social work, Elizabeth helped families by providing therapeutic services to children and families in need. Following her passion for helping victims of domestic abuse and the casualties of broken marriages, she chose to go into family law.

Elizabeth attended North Carolina Central University School of Law, graduating with honors in 2000. Prior to graduating from law school, she was the Program Director for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. She was also the Executive Director of The Covenant with North Carolina’s Children.

Elizabeth, who is a native of Cary, North Carolina, is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Elizabeth is also licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina and has experience dealing with cases involving international child custody. While in law school, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team, Moot Court, and Senior Editor of the Law Journal.

In addition to practicing law, Elizabeth believes in giving back to the community. She’s an active supporter of the North Carolina TheatreNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Prevent Child AbuseSAFEChildAmerican Heart AssociationInterAct of Wake County, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County, The Wake Women’s Giving Network , and the Hope Center at Pullen. Elizabeth, and the New Direction Family Law team, hope to add to societal resources by bringing awareness to local organizations that provide support and growth for local communities.

As the proud mom of a teenager, Elizabeth is keenly aware of the deep bond that exists between a parent and child. She knows how important it is to protect that relationship, especially during stressful times like divorce or separation. That’s why she’s such a strong advocate for children and families.