Debbie Griffiths is certified as a specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in the area of family law. She received her certification in 2008.
Debbie is also certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Family Financial Mediator and a Superior Court Mediator.
Debbie’s practice primarily focuses on the area of family law which includes divorce, child custody and support, alimony and post separation support, equitable distribution, contempt, adoption, termination of parental rights, paternity and legitimation, domestic violence, pre-marital (prenuptial) and separation agreements.
Debbie has also assisted families with guardianships. A guardianship may be necessary when a child with special needs is approaching the age of 18 or when a loved one is no longer able to care for his or her needs.
She can assist families or individuals prior to a lawsuit being filed, after a lawsuit being filed or after a case has been resolved in one of the following ways:
- As the attorney for an individual.
- As the mediator for parties who are participating in mediation, with or without attorneys.
- As a parent coordinator for the parties.
- As guardian ad litem for a child, a party or other loved one.
Debbie received her J.D. from N.C. Central Law School in 2003 where she attended the evening program while working full time as a paralegal. She graduated from East Carolina University in 1990 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.
Debbie is an active member of the Wake County Bar Association, the 10th Judicial District Bar Association and the Family Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Debbie served as co-editor of Family Forum, the newsletter of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, from 2011-2013 and as co-editor of the 3rd edition of the Family Law Deskbook, also published by the Family Law Section and served on the Fee Grievance Committee for the 10th Judicial District. She has been a speaker at continuing legal education programs both for attorneys and paralegals.
Current Committees and Involvement
- Wake County Bar – Membership Committee
- NC Bar Association Family Law Section – Adoption Committee
- NC Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section-Council Member
While she is not at work, Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends. Debbie has two cats – Stella and Zoey, who she adopted from Wake County Animal Control.