Because of her own parents’ contentious custody dispute, Amanda knew that considering the best interests of a child should be paramount for both parents as they navigate unknown paths. Amanda decided to be a family law attorney so she could help create progressive change for children and families experiencing the confusion and uncertainty that often accompanies the decision to divorce.
When she was very young, she witnessed the impact a child custody battle and an absent father had on a child as she grew into adulthood. Each child involved is affected uniquely, of which it may not come to fruition until later in life. Her sister had a different experience than she did growing up, but they were both impacted in various ways which shaped them into the women they are today.
Raised by a single mom, who is an educator to at-risk youth, also impacted Amanda’s decision to practice the particular area of family law. After years of sitting around the dinner table discussing the different and sometimes dreadful situations some children and families encounter, she learned that, if introduced to the right resources and being open to those options, a child’s and/or family’s life can be positively influenced and hopefully renewed for success. She observed how much of this success was dependent on connecting the person or child in need with the proper individual and/or assistance at the right time.
By combining her real-life experience, legal research, and knowledge, Amanda works hard to enable families to move beyond the trials and negativity that are often associated with child custody suits. Amanda believes firmly that if both parents concentrate on preserving or creating a healthy environment for their children and detangling their lives in a way that is conducive to co-parenting through good communication, then all parties involved can turn a challenging time into an opportunity for a new and positive beginning.
Amanda feels that she has been given the ability as a family law attorney to be an activist for those in need who do not know where to start or who do not have the ability to voice their own concerns. Her goal is to use her background and skills to help kids and families move beyond their present circumstances in order to create a better future.
J.D., cum laude, North Carolina Central University School of Law
B.A., cum laude, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Soaring Eagles Assembly, Guest Speaker, West Buncombe Elementary, February 2016
- Mecklenburg County Bar, Family Law Section; Young Lawyers Division
- North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section; Volunteer Lawyer, Wills for Heroes
- Charlotte Women Attorneys
- Council for Children’s Rights: Custody Advocacy Program (CAP) volunteer
- Certified in Mental Health First Aid (certified through Carolinas HealthCare System)