What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is an alternative to traditional litigation focused divorce, which can be costly, advesarial, and prolongued. Collaborative Divorce is a reasonably-priced dispute resolution process established by North Carolina law for settling divorce and family law disputes outside of court.  Learn more about Collaborative Divorce.

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Ashley (Goins) Michael was born in Lynchburg, Virginia but has been a North Carolinian since 1981 in Statesville. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, was a Dean's List graduate and an Ambassador to the City of Asheville from 1996-1999 and moved to Davidson, NC after college. In 2006, Ashley graduated from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia receiving her Juris Doctorate. She was an Associate Editor of the Appalachian Journal of Law and a member of the Moot Court Board while in law school. She was also the Magister (President) of The Blackwell Inn chapter of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal fraternity during her 3L year. Ashley was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in September of 2006.

Ashley is a member of the New Hanover County and North Carolina Bar Associations (member of Family Law Section). She is a member of the IACP, International Association of Collaborative Professionals and a member of a practice group called Coastal Collaborative Colleagues which was formed in 2011, where she acts as Vice President. Her primary areas of practice include: Family, Juvenile and Guardianship law in New Hanover, Pender, Onslow and Brunswick Counties. Subareas of practice are as follows: Family-Absolute Divorce, Adoption, Alimony, Assisted Reproductive Technology matters, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative, Contempt, Divorce from Bed and Board, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Guardian ad Litem, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial/Separation Agreements, Post separation Support; and Same-Sex Marriage Rights; Juvenile-Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Matters (DSS court), Delinquency, Emancipation, Guardian ad Litem for minors, Legitimation, Termination of Parental Rights and Truancy; and Guardianship/Incompetency Matters in Special Proceedings and/or Superior Court-Petitioners or Respondent’s counsel, and Guardian ad Litem.

Ashley is a certified Family Financial Mediator in District Court and enjoys helping citizens with their attorneys already involved in the court process to reach their own settlement in family court matters to then be approved by the Court, thereby ending the litigation path. 

Ashley lives in Wilmington with her husband, Garron Michael, who is also an attorney and their two children.  She enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with family, and volunteers for the Domestic Violence Shelter, March of Dimes and the GHS Autism Supports.

Contact information for Ashley (Goins) Michael, J.D.:

Craige & Fox, PLLC
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
701 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Phone: (910) 815-0085
Fax: (910) 815-1095