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Charlotte Family Law Attorneys

Attorney Marsha Kennedy founded Kennedy Law Associates PLLC because she is strongly committed to helping people face divorce with dignity and grace as she has too often witnessed the destruction divorce can cause. As a result of her own separation and divorce, Ms. Kennedy is committed to improving the divorce process. At Kennedy Law, we strongly believe in the mediation process and the benefits mediation can have on amicably resolving difficult issues. However, we also recognize that not all disputes can be resolved peacefully. Each situation is unique and we will work hard to find the right solution for each of our clients. If it is necessary, we are ready, willing and able to take your case to Court.

The firm is conveniently located in south Charlotte in the Ballantyne Village.

Marsha C. Kennedy

Marsha C. Kennedy

In all areas of my practice of family law, I am committed to not only helping individuals successfully navigate the divorce process but to also helping them begin to rebuild and restore their lives. Helping people facing divorce is much more than a career to me. As a result of my own separation and divorce as well as helping several of my closest friends, I have become intensely interested and committed to improving the divorce process. I am strongly committed to helping people facing divorce do so with grace and dignity as I have witnessed too often the destruction divorce can cause.

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Kaylan M. Gaudio

Kaylan M. Gaudio

One of my first clients as a practicing attorney was a young mother who had her son taken away from her by his father. The father misused the judicial system by asking for emergency custody based on misrepresentations and misconstruing the facts to take away the child. I really believed it was in the best interest of this child to be with his mother, and I worked tirelessly to reunite them. After several months of hard work and long hearings, my client was awarded primary custody and her son was returned to her.

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Chad Michael Buckingham

Chad Michael Buckingham

As a family law attorney, I have the privilege of developing positive relationships with my clients and making a lasting impact on their lives.  I am committed to working closely with my clients to educate and help them make informed decisions as they endure difficult and emotionally challenging times.  Although litigation may be necessary, I have found that working in a collaborative manner is often a much more effective way to resolve issues.  Whether my clients’ cases proceed to court or not, it is essential that their interests are protected and I am fully prepared to face any matters that may arise.

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Laura E. Swink

Laura E. Swink

Practicing family law with Kennedy Law Associates allows me to use the skills I gained as a social worker as well as in law school to help people facing difficult challenges, overcome these challenges, and move forward in a positive direction. Prior to attending law school, I worked as a social worker for a number of years in Metro-Detroit and in New York City. First, I worked as a domestic violence victim advocate working directly with victims of domestic violence to ensure their voice was heard throughout the court process.

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Amber

Amber L. Garland

Practicing with Kennedy Law Associates allows me to use the skills and knowledge I gained both in and out of law school to help those facing difficult situations and to assist them as they move forward with a positive outlook on their new future. Growing up as a child of divorce, I learned early on that a positive legal experience during this difficult time could make all the difference in the way that the family copes with this transition. I understand firsthand how important it is to take into account the best interests and needs of the child and how to advocate zealously on their behalf.

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Chelsea Overs

Chelsea Overs

Coming out of law school, having experienced many different aspects of the law, I was presented with the opportunity to come work at Kennedy Law Associates and I jumped at the chance. Honestly, growing up in a home with parents married over 30 years and grandparents well over 50 years, divorce was only something I heard my friends talk about. I believe in marriage, however I respect the realities of life and feel privileged to walk through the process of separation and divorce with our clients, offering them a positive perspective during a difficult transition in their lives.

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Katie Allison Walsh

Katie A. Walsh

I have been fortunate to be involved in several different areas of law throughout my legal career, but my passion is family law. Like many others, I am the product of divorced parents, and was able to understand first-hand the impact divorce can have on children. I also learned the importance of ending a marriage with as much dignity as possible.

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Lori Dinkins

Lori Dinkins

I have the uncanny ability to stumble into the best jobs. Right out of college (Augustana College in Illinois) I moved to Chicago to live with my sister. She worked at the Merchandise Mart, a beautiful historic building in downtown Chicago and in my job search I often stopped by her office to grab lunch. One month into my job search, I got off the El at the Merchandise Mart, took the elevator up to the 17th floor to my sister's office but made a quick stop in the restroom to freshen up. And that is where I found my first job.

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Robert Carter

Robert Carter

I am a senior paralegal in the field of family law having worked with both private law firms and non-profit agencies advocating for children and families since obtaining my paralegal degree. Before joining Kennedy Law Associates in January 2013, I worked with a large firm in downtown Charlotte for 5 years assisting various attorneys who practice primarily Family Law.

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Law Students

Amber Garland, a third year law student from Charlotte School of Law, Christopher Wasson, a third year law student from Wake Forest University School of Law and Graham Owen, a second year law student from UNC School of Law. Megan Endersby (not pictured) is a third year law student from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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For more information, or to schedule a consultation with our Charlotte family lawyers, call 704-512-0619 or complete our contact form.