Raleigh Divorce Attorney Stephanie Kelly | Cordell & Cordell

Stephanie Kelly

Litigation Manager

Raleigh divorce attorney Stephanie KellyThe 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.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Kelly is licensed to practice in North Carolina.


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.

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 belongs to the North Carolina Bar Association.


In 2017, Ms. Kelly received board certification in the area of family law from the North Carolina State Bar, a designation earned by just 3.7 percent of eligible members – approximately 1,000 lawyers.

Board Certified

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Kelly has presented to fellow attorneys at a National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish.”

Ms. Kelly spoke at a CLE regarding Equitable Distribution for North Carolina Paralegals through the North Carolina State Bar Association.


Prior to law school, Ms. Kelly was the volunteer coordinator for the Guardian ad Litem Program in Durham, N.C., through the Americorps VISTA program.



“​Stephanie is awesome! Very thorough and does a get job in helping me understand the law and what my rights are. I sure wish I had her in my corner for separation agreement proceedings.”


“​Stephanie is very responsive and always very professional. Stephanie is a wonderful communicator. I felt that she always had a firm grasp on the matter and had my best interests in mind. She was artful in how she would present the scenarios so that I always felt confident that we were making the best decisions at each step along the process.”


“Dr. Kelly and the Raleigh group of Cordell staff made this very tragic time in my life, very bearable. I hope to never need their services again, but if I ever were to divorce again, I would definitely contact them. God bless you all. I have worked with attorneys in several areas before. Your system is very good. Please continue what you do.”