Elizabeth A. Stephenson, MSW, Attorney

Elizabeth A. Stephenson, MSW

Attorney/Partner, Parenting Coordinator, & Collaborative Lawyer

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 has been Elizabeth Stephenson’s passion since 2000. She enjoys learning her client’s story, as this allows her to dig deep to discover their goals and work with them to develop a winning strategy. That means sitting face to face, when possible, and sharing the pros and cons of their case. Family law cases are often times filled with bitter emotions and resentment, and Elizabeth won’t sugar coat it. She’s upfront and honest about the likely outcome. Every case has its good and bad, and her job is to put her client’s facts and circumstances in the best light to achieve the best outcome. Elizabeth understands the emotional upheaval and stress experienced by families facing separation and divorce and is dedicated to providing steadfast support and guidance to each and every client. Her regular practice includes Wake and Durham Counties.

Elizabeth is a trained parenting coordinator and assists families in high‑conflict custody cases develop healthy co‑parenting relationships and nurture the bond between parents and their children.  As the proud mom of a teenager, Elizabeth is keenly aware of the deep connection 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.

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. 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 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. 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.