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Welcome to Collins Family Law

Advocates for Your Family

Our client-centered approach puts you and your family first. We work with you and for you to protect what’s most important. Because it’s your life.

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We can do phone conferences or video conferences to help accommodate potential clients. We also continue to offer consults and are taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our clients coming into the office.

Our team of dedicated divorce lawyers prioritizes you and your family because we know what’s really important.

Shawna Collins

Founding Attorney

Shawna handles complex divorce cases, as well as municipal and civil litigation. Shawna will listen carefully to your situation and offer advice as to what she believes to be in your best interest. If your case can be handled effectively outside of court to minimize litigation expenses, she will make sure you are aware of that option. If your case needs to be litigated, Shawna will be an aggressive and effective advocate for you.

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Isla Tabrizi

Attorney at Law

Understanding that no two cases are exactly alike, Attorney Isla Tabrizi takes the time to keep her clients focused on the positives. Even in the midst of confusion, stress, and anxiety, she guides clients step-by-step.

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Candace Faircloth

Attorney at Law

Candace strives to provide the best support possible for those who find themselves in need of legal representation and believes that each client’s situation should be handled as if it were her own.

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Rebecca Watts

Attorney at Law

Attorney Becky Watts brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice. She is known for her efficiency in family law appellate work and is an experienced and effective mediator. Her hard work is indicative of what our firm offers.

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Kelly Johnson

Attorney at Law

Kelly believes it is necessary to support each client with creative solutions because every family is unique. Kelly educates her clients and empowers them with knowledge to make the best choices for their families.

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Kaylan Gaudio

Attorney at Law

Kaylan understands the difficulties and emotional struggles her clients face when going through the dissolution of a marriage and other family related issues. Kaylan works diligently for her clients to ensure their legal rights are protected and strives to achieve the best possible outcome for each unique case.

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Jennifer Rodrigue

Attorney at Law

With a background in psychology, I have an ever-growing interest in and dedication to helping and understanding those struggling with mental health, which is often a factor in family law. I understand the stress and emotional impact a divorce or custody action and the frustration of finding “a new normal.” I am committed to guiding my clients through the legal process with compassion and understanding.

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Christine Houston

Attorney at Law

My interest and commitment to the practice of family law stems from my own personal experience. Understand that the end of a marriage is not only devastating and stressful, but also has ripple effects throughout other areas of life. My primary goal is to help my clients navigate through this difficult time in their lives with patience, understanding, and compassion.

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Andrea Godwin

Attorney at Law

With me, you not only have someone who’s been where you are, you also have someone who has more than 20 years of experience learning the law and how to navigate the legal system. I am committed to educating and empowering my clients so that they can make smart decisions about how to approach their unique situation.

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Alexa Litt

Attorney at Law

Alexa grew up in Apex, NC, and attended UNC Charlotte for her undergraduate degree with a major in Criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She then went to Elon University School of Law where she was a member of the moot court board.

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Kathryn DeAngelo

Elder Law Attorney

Kathryn Cook DeAngelo joined Collins Family Law in August 2021 as Senior Counsel to the Collins Elder Law practice division. She graduated from Marshall University, Huntington, WV, in 1968 with a B.A. in Business Education. She also has an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Prior to attending law school, Kathryn was a public school teacher and taught business/secretarial studies for twelve (12) years at DuVal High School in Prince George’s County, MD. In 1984 Kathryn graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University Law School (NCCU Law}, Durham, NC.

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Sarah Sykes

Attorney at Law

Sarah Sykes is a recent law school graduate from Mississippi College School of Law with a passion for family law. She is eager and excited to work with our team in our Dilworth office. Sarah believes in zealously advocating for every client who steps foot in our office.

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Nicki Applefied Engel

Attorney at Law

Nicki Applefield Engel joined the Collins Elder Law Group in September of 2021. Since 2010, Nicki has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA), and she is the immediate past President of the North Carolina Chapter of NAELA. In 2019, Nicki was certified by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in elder law.

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    Why Collins Family Law?

    We work to protect your family.

    When you work with our North and South Carolina lawyers, your priorities and the outcomes you want to see matter. We only want what is best for you and your family, and we know you may be coming to us during the most emotional, difficult time in your life. We will listen to you with compassionate understanding, and then aggressively fight for you if things end up in court.

    • Compassionate, understanding, and patient.
    • We care about you and your family and we will aggressively fight for you.
    • Our team is with you every step of the way, guiding you through complex legal issues impacting your family.

    Who We Are

    Advocates for your family.

    The team at Collins Family Law Group brings more than 85 years of combined experience to North and South Carolina. Our team includes a board-certified family law specialist, a family financial mediator, and a licensed superior court mediator. We have the dedication and legal knowledge to find creative solutions that work for you and your family.

    What We Do

    Family lawyers who are with you every step of the way.

    We boldly serve as your legal guides and protectors in all areas of family law in North Carolina and South Carolina. Since we exclusively handle family law cases, we have a unique understanding of the important laws and rights that can impact you and those you love most.

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