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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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Brione B. Pattison

Brione B. Pattison

I didn't go to law school intending on practicing family law, but it seems to be a natural fit. When we moved to Charlotte in 2005, I had two small girls and chose to put my legal career on hold and stay home with them. It was wonderful being able to spend every day with them as my youngest learned to crawl and walk and talk, and my oldest learned to read and write. When they entered school at Omni Montessori, I became very active in the school, helping in the classroom and with the Parent Association, fundraising, and eventually sitting on the Board of Trustees for two years. But in 2009 my husband and I separated, and I had to go back to work. Even though I had a law degree and experience, it was not easy finding a job, especially when the rest of my world was in pieces.

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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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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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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.