The divorce process is not easy. It is frustrating, and at times you will feel like giving in so that you can just get it over with. Other times, you will be so angry that you will want to take as much as you can from the opposing party.

Stephanie L. Kelly said it’s her job as a divorce solicitor to keep a level head throughout the process for the sake of her clients.

“My goal is to always be honest with you about when you are being unreasonable, when you are being too generous, and the entire spectrum of scenarios that you may expect,” Ms. Kelly said. “Being informed is being empowered.”

Ms. Kelly found family law appealing after participating in a Guardian ad Litem program that opened her eyes to the need children have for representation in the court system and the profound effect that the court system can have on their lives.

“I genuinely want to help make the experience of ending a marriage as painless as possible for my clients, especially when children are involved,” Ms. Kelly said. “Of course, if I feel that my client is being treated unjustly, I will fight to make sure that justice is served.”

Professional Experience

Ms. Kelly solely practiced family law for two years at a family law firm in Charlotte before joining Cordell & Cordell. Prior to law school, she worked for the Guardian ad Litem program in Durham, N.C, a program that advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system.


Ms. Kelly received both her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.