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Tharrington Smith's Family Law Team

Divorce & Family Law Articles


Two Tharrington Smith Lawyers Inducted to Rising Stars Inaugural Class

We are pleased to announce that Mary Aiken Barrow and Melissa Michaud have been inducted to the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Stars inaugural class in 2019. Recognizing lawyers who graduated from law school within the last decade, Rising Stars seeks to introduce young lawyers who have gone beyond and above, both through prior careers that brought them to the law and through meteoric service and success during the first decade of law practice. Just 30 lawyers were recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Stars in its inaugural class. Mary Aiken Barrow is a self-competitive athlete whose drive is destined to take her career to places most lawyers could only hope to aspire to. She is the firm’s youngest family law partner. At just six years of practice, Ms. Barrow became a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. She is a former Campbell Law School Mock Trial Team Coach, and served as the Wake County Bar Association Food Drive Firm Coordinator, the Wake County Bar Association Clothing Drive Firm Coordinator, the Triangle Associates Fund Drive for Legal Aid Firm Coordinator, and as a North Carolina Bar Association Family Forum Case Summary Contributor. She participates in the North Carolina Bar Association Professionalism for New Attorneys CLE as a Presenter and as a University of North Carolina School of Law Family Law Practice Seminar Guest Lecturer. Mary Aiken earned her law degree from Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012 and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology […]

Jeff Russell and Mary Aiken Barrow acquire Specialty Certifications

Mary Aiken Barrow & Jeffrey Russell Earn Certification; Mary Aiken Barrow Becomes a Partner

We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Russell and Mary Aiken Barrow have earned board certification as Family Law Specialists in late 2018 and that Mary Aiken has become a partner. Mary Aiken Barrow is a Raleigh native and Broughton graduate. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Upon receipt of her law degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012, she joined Tharrington Smith. She became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2019. Jeffrey R. Russell, a Western North Carolina native, earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 1999. He graduated magna cum laude from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012. Following clerkship with the Honorable John C. Martin, Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, he joined Tharrington Smith in 2013. Board Certification is a comprehensive effort that requires years of commitment. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, substantially involved in the practice area for a minimum of five years, and must attend a certain number of continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the three years prior to application. A satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty through judicial and peer review must be made and the applicant must achieve a satisfactory score on a written examination. The certification of lawyers as specialists according to objective criteria fulfills […]


Three Attorneys Join Tharrington Smith

We are happy to share with you that David Noland and Catherine Laney have have joined the firm’s education law team, and Melanie Pfeifer has joined the family law section. David Noland comes to the firm from the great state of New York. He is an experienced education litigator and advocate. He is a graduate magna cum laude of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Legal Studies and Sociology from Bowdoin College in Maine. Prior to joining Tharrington Smith, David was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where his practice focused on complex litigation, including shareholder class actions, antitrust litigation, and white collar investigations. David was counsel of record in a landmark constitutional challenge to the state educational funding system in Connecticut. The multi-year litigation culminated in a five month trial, followed by an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court. In connection with his work on the Connecticut litigation, David served as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School during the Spring 2018 semester. Melanie Pfeifer is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where she served as a staff member for the North Carolina Law Review and served as a Certified Student Practitioner at the Immigration Clinic. She holds a Masters of International Studies with a concentration […]


Lindsay Vance Smith and Casey Fidler Join Tharrington Smith

We are pleased to welcome Lindsay Vance Smith (Education Section) and Casey Fidler (Family Law Section) to the firm as associates.

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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers bestows fellowship to Tharrington Smith Attorneys

Alice Stubbs has been inducted into the fellowship of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


Lynn Burleson Contributes to Family Law Magazine’s Coverage of Arbitration

The Winter/Spring 2016 edition of Family Law Magazine includes a discussion on the benefits of arbitration by three fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers entitled “The Arbitration Advantage”.


Andrea Bosquez-Porter and Steve Mansbery Earn Family Law Specialization Certification

Andrea Bosquez-Porter and Steve Mansbery have earned certifications as Board Certified Specialists in Family Law from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization …

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National Family Law Arbitration Act in Draft

North Carolina has arguably the most comprehensive family law arbitration statutory scheme in the country


Pension QDRO Blues – Butler v. Butler

Wife’s obligation to ensure that the QDRO submitted, rules court.


Marriages Face New Threat: Social Networking

Alice Stubbs describes how the recent social media phenomenon of social media impacts divorce and family law cases during an interview with WRAL-TV.


Alimony According to North Carolina Law

Alimony is the payment of support to a spouse or former spouse who is financially dependent on the other spouse. It is ordinarily paid as a monthly amount and is usually taxable to the recipient as income


Tharrington Smith Attorneys Present at Annual Family Law CLE Event

Concurrent with the NC Bar Assocation’s Family Law Section’s annual meeting, this most recent CLE event addressed the international nature of family law, immigration, criminal law,


Tharrington Smith Introduces Family Law Child Support Calculator

Tharrington Smith attorneys worked with software developers to build an easy-to-use child support calculator.


Tharrington Smith’s Alice Stubbs Participates in “Good Divorce” NPR Show

Host Frank Stasio and his guests, who include Alice Stubbs, a family law attorney at Tharrington Smith, LLP, discussed divorce, the legal system and the possibility of an amicable split during his show on August 24, 2011.


Alice Stubbs on social networking and divorce

Tharrington Smith family law attorney Alice Stubbs speaks to WRAL about social networking and its impact on divorce and family law cases.


Same-Sex Couple Adoption Voided

Dec. 21, 2010 by The Associated Press — Raleigh — North Carolina’s highest court on Monday voided a state senator’s adoption

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Lynn Burleson Leads Annual AAML Aribitration Institute

Lynn Burleson served as the lead planner and presenter for the 20th American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Arbitration Institute.


Jill Jackson and Alice Stubbs Newly Certified Family Law Specialists

Alice Stubbs and Jill Jackson were certified as specialists by the Board of Legal Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar on November 9, 2006.