Cordell & Cordell
Wilmington Office

5.0 rating based on 103 ratings
Average Client Rating
5 out of 5 Stars

Based on 103 Client Reviews

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


101 North Third Street
Suite 501
Wilmington, NC 28401

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Online

We offer phone and online scheduling. Initial consultations last one hour and provide an opportunity to address your specific questions and goals with an attorney.

Please be advised consultations are limited to yourself and the attorney (no other person may be present in the consultation).

This appointment will be contingent upon a conflict check. We will email an appointment confirmation after the review is complete.

If you have already met with a Cordell & Cordell attorney,
please call 1-866-DADS-LAW to schedule your appointment.

A consultation fee is due at the time of your appointment.

Cordell & Cordell Family Law Practice Areas

Child Custody

Cordell & Cordell family attorneys fight to maintain and maximize your role in your children’s lives.

Child Support

Our attorneys work to preserve your financial interests and the interests of your children.

Collaborative Divorce and Mediation

Collaborative divorce and mediation enable couples to dissolve their relationship in a flexible manner that avoids going to court altogether.

Contempt Proceedings

Held when there has been a violation of a court order.

Declaration of Paternity

Ensure you receive all your paternity rights by filing for a declaration of paternity.


Our family law attorneys work with you to outline your divorce goals and prepare you for your case.

Legal Separation

A court process designed to define the rights and obligations between spouses who are living apart while still legally married.

Military Family Law

When a couple decides to end their marriage while one spouse is serving in the military, divorce tends to get more complicated.

Modification of Decrees

If you find yourself earning less income, or your ex has a larger earning potential, we can help you file a modification to adjust past decrees.

Prenuptial Agreements

Done right, these agreements allow couples to plan their future with more security.

Asset Division and Property Division

The process of dividing assets during divorce and determining who gets what.

Protection Order

An order used by the court to protect against a situation involving alleged domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault.

Spousal Support, Spousal Maintenance and Alimony

Money paid to your ex to maintain a standard of living they were used to during your marriage.

Client Testimonials

James P.

5 Stars

This is my first divorce, and hopefully my last. I could not be more pleased with Stephanie. Stephanie is a wonderful attorney, very knowledgeable and focused. Stephanie is also friendly and down to earth. Her advice is good too. I hope she has continued success in the field.”

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5 Stars

“Ms. Horton always gave me options and let me decide. She would then give me the potential outcomes of my decision and we would discuss further to see if adjustments needed to be made to my sometimes hasty decisions. She was always correct with her suggestions. Me? Not so much. I was never scratching my head as to what was going to happen next because Ms. Horton always let me know prior. Even if she could not give an exact time frame, I knew what was next …”

Richard C.

5 Stars

“Stephanie is overall just fantastic, very responsive, [and] very understanding. Stephanie is a great support tool to lean on during this unfortunate time in my life. She has been phenomenal. Stephanie is truly doing a great job!”


5 Stars

“Stephanie did an excellent job on my case. Stephanie was very approachable, knowledgeable and attentive to my needs and goals. I think the firm overall is very good.”

Robert H.

5 Stars

“Stephanie’s responsiveness was consistently timely throughout my entire case. I really appreciated her staying on top of my case at all times and [her willingness] to work on my case whenever work needed to be completed, despite her schedule. Very impressed and grateful for picking your firm and for Stephanie.”

Mary Ellen

5 Stars

“Stephanie is such a great support system. She seems to stay on top of things. I know you guys are all busy and have a lot to do, but Stephanie makes me feel like I’m her most important client. I have already started recommending her to people. You may be ending up with a lot more female clients.”

Gregory W.

5 Stars

“Stephanie and your firm were a great help during a  tough time. Ms. Horton was always professional, very knowledgeable and compassionate. [I] just could not have asked for a better attorney. I have recommended both Stephanie and the firm to others.”


5 Stars

“I am very pleased with Stephanie’s work on my case. Another thing I have noticed is that Stephanie is very responsive. Stephanie gets back to me quickly on all days and at all hours. I believe we are working very well together.”


5 Stars

“Stephanie is very professional, competent and hard working. It really shows when you talk to her. [She is] incredibly kind and good-natured too. Nothing but accolades for Stephanie.”

Erik Z.

5 Stars

“Stephanie is extremely helpful, professional, and very intelligent. I was so blessed to have her help with my case. She has done an excellent job. Thank you so much for all of your help.”


5 Stars

“I was very pleased with Mrs. Horton, and I think very highly of her. Mrs. Horton showed a great deal of compassion for my case and my needs. She listened to my needs and called me personally when she wanted to discuss my case with me. She made me feel as though she had a personal vested interest in my case and helped alleviate some anxiety. The office staff was also very cordial and accommodating.”


5 Stars

“Stephanie has been quick to return my calls, keep me updated on my case and provide valuable legal advice.  I am more than happy with her and am glad that I hired Cordell & Cordell. …”


5 Stars

“Stephanie provides very personable service; that is what sets her apart.  I have never felt like ‘just another case’ or a ‘number.’  I feel like a real person with needs and goals.  Stephanie works well with me in helping me achieve what I have set out to accomplish.  I am very thankful that she is my attorney.”

Rick C.

5 Stars

“… I feel compelled to reach out and express my gratitude to the firm. … Stephanie Horton is amazing, sensational, compassionate,  extremely intelligent, and tough.  She listened and began to formulate a plan. We had one goal. That was to achieve 50/50 joint custody. Her tenacity is the reason why we achieved this goal. I am forever grateful to her for this. Stephanie has kept me grounded during  the entire process. She has picked me up when I needed it. She is also not afraid to advise me if I was not making the best decision and would remind me of the big picture. I put all my faith in her and she never let me down. I was always updated, and she would check in with me just to see how I was doing. I am so thankful for her.  Stephanie is the reason that this ordeal is behind me. Stephanie is considered family now. I couldn’t be happier with her! …”


5 Stars

“Stephanie is very patient. Stephanie is also good at articulating legal-speak and simplifying issues so that a layman can understand them. I’m very happy.”


5 Stars

“Stephanie is a very gifted attorney. She brings the human aspect to the practice of law; a real humanitarian. At the end of this all, I consider Stephanie a friend. I have a very complicated case, and I feel she has a handle on it and probably has learned a great deal from this case too.”


5 Stars

“… I am in Hawaii, but you would not know it based on how quickly Stephanie gets back to me and how close she makes me feel to my case. … Stephanie’s staff, especially [her paralegal], are always there to answer my questions and send me things that relate to my case. I think everything that I’ve heard about your firm has come true, and I’m thankful for that. You really make me proud to be a client of yours.”


5 Stars

“[I] just wanted to talk very highly on my attorney, Stephanie Horton. She has been very helpful in my case. If we all had a few more lawyers out there like her we would all be in a better place. I believe she truly cares about her clients and wants the best for everyone. “


5 Stars

“​[My attorney] did a great job. She made everything go smoothly. If I need anything down the road, I will definitely reach out to you all.”


5 Stars

“I am beyond thankful for [my attorney]. She is very thorough, professional, and done a great job at keeping me calm. [My attorney] has always kept me well informed and has gone above and beyond to show she truly cares about my case. It truly feels she is looking out for the best interest of both myself and my kids.  She is kind hearted yet strict with the opposing party by not letting things get by. I like that she provides me with all my options as well as her opinions. I  couldn’t be happier with the service that [my attorney] has provided me.”


5 Stars

“She has been straight with me, she calmed me down. She is awesome. I want her to know that I think she is the best.”


5 Stars

“​I was very pleased with Stephanie! She was very professional. She did things as she said would and within the time frame she promised. I have nothing but good things to say about Stephanie!


5 Stars

“​Both [my attorney] and Stephanie did a great job. [My attorney] took over at the end when there was some non-sense from my soon to be ex. She stepped right where Stephanie left off and knew exactly what was going on. I have nothing but the highest praise for Stephanie. She is a jewel with a great hand shake. I appreciate her forthrightness, honesty and genuine care for me. I loved her from the beginning.​”

David M.

5 Stars

​”She took her time to answer my questions and never got aggravated. She was great.”​​

Kevin B.

5 Stars

“It shows professionalism with how she always responds in a timely manner. For example, when I email her, she quickly responds. Brittany has been excellent to work with. She is very knowledgeable and is always quick to respond to questions or quick to send documents from opposing counsel.”

John A.

5 Stars

“Stephanie Horton rose above and beyond her call of duty, and exceeded expectations all the time. She took my case personally and gave sound advice to protect my interests. She made herself available even on a weekend when I needed to speak to her urgently. Based on her performance, I can say that this firm is truly a partner that men can depend on.”


5 Stars

“She’s stellar and has been a team player this whole time.”


5 Stars

“I am very pleased with [my attorney] responsiveness and willingness to take action quickly.  She lays out my options we discuss and come to a decision and then she takes action.  She wants results that are in the best interest of my family and I appreciate that.”

Tim F.

5 Stars

“Very pleased with the process so far. Stephanie is such an advocate for her clients and that can be proven even with her emails. “

Mike G.

5 Stars

“Mine was a pretty simple case. There weren’t any points where I needed to reach out. I was always kept up to date. No issues at all. Stephanie was very personable, and I was very happy with your process of monthly updates.”

Jessica B.

5 Stars

Stephanie was very reassuring and kept me in the loop but was also very assertive when she needed to be.

George K

5 Stars

​”Ms Horton was excellent in every aspect of the ordeal. She explained and made sure that I understood everything as we went along. She made me feel like I mattered and prepared me for the process to be thorough and professional in every manner. Ms Horton is absolutely, hands down, the Best !!!” – George K

E. M.

5 Stars

“Stephanie was a pitbull, attentive to his needs, and aggressive with the timeline rather than drawing things out to increase billable hours.” – E.M.

* Rating based on internal client satisfaction surveys. Review Policy.

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The experienced divorce lawyers at Cordell & Cordell provide intelligent, aggressive divorce representation to fathers. We are a community of talented legal professionals that prioritize growth and success in all our life roles. Together we assure our clients the quality of representation we would expect for ourselves.