Daphne Edwards

Daphne Edwards

Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law, PC
  • Divorce, Family Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • North Carolina
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For all of your divorce needs, call Daphne Edwards at 919-901-7336. Ms. Edwards practices divorce and family law, including alimony, post separation support, custody, child support, and property division. Ms. Edwards has over two decades of experience and is dedicated to helping each client achieve his or her goal for the most affordable cost, whether through negotiation, mediation, or trial. Ms. Edwards and the client are a team and the client's goals are central to the strategy. Ms. Edwards believes divorce is a difficult and stressful time for her clients and that it is important to offer support while advocating for the client and protecting his or her assets and rights.

Ms. Edwards was recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in Family Law (2018), by Business North Carolina as one of the Legal Elite (2016, 2018), and has earned an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Edwards is also a Certified Family Financial Mediator, certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
  • English
Professional Experience
Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law, PC
- Current
Of Counsel
Cheshire, Parker, Schneider & Bryan
Daphne Edwards Family Law
Assistant Attorney General
North Carolina Department of Justice
Adjunct Professor
Campbell Law School; Golden Gate Univ. Sch. of Law
As Adjunct Professor at Campbell, instructed students on legal writing and appellate advocacy. As Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, from 2003 through 2005, instructed students in legal writing and appellate advocacy.
Judicial Law Clerk, Staff Attorney
United States Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit, Judge Proctor Hug, Jr.
Assistant Counsel
United States Senate Legislative Counsel's Office
Judicial Law Clerk
North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice Robert Orr
Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D. (1997) | Law
Honors: Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law, 1997. American Jurisprudence Awards: Criminal Procedure, Family Law, and Solving Legal Problems. Merit Tuition Scholarship Recipient 1995-1996 and 1996-1997.
Activities: Law Review, Member, 1994-1997; Associate Editor of Law Journal, 1996-1997
University of Oregon
B.S. (1991) | Political Science
Legal Elite, Family Law
Business North Carolina magazine
Super Lawyer in Family Law
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Legal Elite, Family Law
Business North Carolina magazine
AV Preeminent
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar # 24222
Wake County Bar Association, Alimony Committee
Wake County Bar Association, CLE Committee
Wake County Bar Association, Legislative Committee
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Current
Wake County Bar Association, Social Committee
- Current
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
- Current
North Carolina Bar Association
- Current
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Articles & Publications
Family Forum, Section Vol. 35, No. 1, Family Law Case Updates
Mass Appeal, Appellate Practice, Program Co-Planner
Family Forum, Section Vol. 34, No. 5, Family Law Case Updates
Speaking Engagements
NBI Advanced Custody and Support Issues, Divorce & Family Law Seminar, Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown
Daphne Edwards presenting lecture to divorce and family law attorneys on custody relocation cases and interstate custody issues at the NBI Advanced Custody and Support Issues seminar on September 20, 2018.
How to Obtain Electronic Discovery and Ensure It’s Admissible, 2016 Family Law Update
Wake County Bar
Certified Family Financial Mediator
N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission
Websites & Blogs
Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law, PC
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. I'm a father of 2 and I wanted to know how I can get full custody of my 2 little girls
A: I know how difficult custody issues are for my clients and am often in awe of my clients who deal with hard custody situations on a daily basis. There are two kinds of custody: (1) legal custody, which is the right to make major decisions for the child, like medical care, educational decisions, and religious upbringing, and (2) physical custody. Most parents have shared or joint legal custody, although in some situations one parent will have sole legal custody if the other parent has significant problems, like an addiction. For physical custody, the parties may have joint physical custody, or one party may have primary physical custody with the other party having visitation. If you are seeking primary physical custody, so that the girls are with you more, then you have to prove that it is in the girls' best interest to live with you for a greater period of time. The court determines custody based on what is in the "best interest" of the children. The court will look at a multitude of factors, including parenting skills, relationship with the child, needs of the child, wishes of the child, and character, personality and conduct of each parent. All of the evidence you present will be to show the court that it is in the girls' best interest to be with you primarily, as opposed to the other parent.
Q. In NC, what is considered sufficient evidence of physical abuse, infidelity, and financial abuse in divorce proceedings
A: When a husband and wife are divorcing, I often address (1) division of marital property, (2) alimony, and (3) custody. In dividing the marital property, a court does not consider any misconduct except misconduct that harms the value of marital property, such as excessively spending of assets or acts to devalue the property. If there is such misconduct, you would need to show it occurred by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that the evidence as a whole which shows the fact is more likely than not. For alimony, a court considers marital misconduct, including infidelity and indignities, such as the cheating and horrible physical abuse you describe. The audio recording of abuse, pictures of abuse, and medical records are all excellent evidence. The court will consider this evidence to determine both the amount and duration of alimony. Also, if only your husband committed acts of infidelity, and you did not, the court shall award alimony to you, as long as you are the dependent spouse. There is no certain amount of evidence that is required; you need to show it occurred by a preponderance of the evidence and convince the court it occurred. Finally, the physical abuse is relevant for child custody. Any child custody case I litigate, I make sure the court is aware of any physical abuse because the behavior puts the children at risk and helps me secure greater custodial rights for my client.
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Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law
2301 Rexwoods Drive
Suite 118
Raleigh, NC 27607
Telephone: (919) 838-7106
Fax: (919) 882-1325