When It Comes To Your Family, Experience Is Critical.

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Daphne Edwards

Practice Areas

  • Complex divorce involving closely held investments and businesses
  • Child Custody, Visitation, & Child Support
  • Negotiation & Drafting of Separation Agreements
  • Division of Marital Property Assets
  • Protection of Separate Property Through Divorce
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Modification of Child Custody & Visitation Orders
  • Drafting Consent Orders & Issues Surrounding Domestic Violence
  • Unique Issues Facing LGBTQ+ Families Through Divorce & Custody


Daphne Edwards focuses her practice exclusively on matters surrounding divorce and custody litigation, as well as family law appeals. Daphne has more than two decades of experience in state and federal court. She is committed to helping each client through each stage of the divorce process. She is dedicated to client service, to achieving the best legal remedy for each client at the most affordable cost, through negotiation, mediation, and litigation. Daphne is first and foremost a trial attorney.

Daphne is a staunch advocate for her clients' significant goals and long-term interests. An experienced and empathetic counselor, Daphne ensures you understand the laws and rules governing your North Carolina divorce. She can illuminate the pros and cons specific to your unique circumstance and help create the most strategic course of action toward recognizing your stated goals.

Daphne knows that divorce is a difficult and stressful time for her clients and that part of advocacy is offering support while championing their rights. She helps divorce to be viewed as a transition to possibility and potential for each person.


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1997
    • Honors: Class Rank: Top 4% (6/175)
    • Honors: Merit Tuition Scholarship Recipient 1995-1996 and 1996-1997
    • Honors: with Highest Honors
    • Honors: Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law, 1997
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards: Criminal Procedure, Family Law, and Solving Legal Problems
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • 1989
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    • B.S. - 1991
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Dispute Resolution Commission , Family Financial Mediator

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Appellate Practice Section
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association, Social Committee, Alimony Committee, Legislative Committee, and Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member, 2017 to Present
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Wake County Bar Association, Social Committee Chair, 2017
  • North Carolina State Bar

Published Works

  • Family Forum, Section Vol. 34, No. 5, June 2014, Family Law Case Updates
  • Family Forum, Section Vol. 35, No. 1, October 2014, Family Law Case Updates
  • Law Review Article, 26 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 241, 1996


  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite – Family Law, 2016, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Legal Elite, 2019

Classes & Seminars

  • Advanced Custody and Support Issues,” 09/20/2018
  • Presenter: Family Law Update, “How to Obtain Electronic Discovery and Ensure It’s Admissible”, Wake County Bar, 08/24/2016
  • Speaker, HalfMoon Seminars, “Legal Research and Writing Workshop for Paralegals, 07/28/2015
  • Program Co-Planner, Mass Appeal, Appellate Practice, 10/10/2014
  • Co-Program Planner and Program Moderator, NC Cary Bar Center, Appellate CLE Program, 10/10/2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Campbell Law School, Raleigh, NC, 2013 to 2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA, 2003 to 2005

Pro-Bono Activities

  • National High School Mock Trial Competition, Volunteer

Past Positions

  • North Carolina Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General, 2013 to 2014
  • District Attorney’s Office for Alamance County, Assistant District Attorney, 2011 to 2012
  • United States Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit, Judge Proctor Hug, Jr., Judicial Law Clerk, 2002 to 2011
  • United States Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit, Staff Attorney, 2002 to 2007
  • United States Senate Legislative Counsel's Office, Assistant Counsel, 1998 to 2002
  • North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice Robert Orr, Clerk, 1997 to 1998
  • Cheshire, Parker, Schneider & Bryan, 2016 to 2018