Richard D. Stephens

About me

I began practicing law in a small firm setting, handling everything from drafting wills to preparing and trying cases before a jury. That varied experience served me well when I began focusing on family law, particularly in the handling of complex equitable distribution cases.

Family law matters are challenging. They require attention to detail, zealous advocacy at times, and the patience and understanding to deal with people who are under a great deal of stress. The ultimate reward for me over the years has been the appreciation shown by my clients and the feeling that I have made a positive difference in their lives.

Practice areas

Family law

  • Divorce
  • Separation agreements
  • Equitable distribution
  • Alimony
  • Post separation support
  • Child custody and child support
  • Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements
  • Alienation of affection and criminal conversation


Professional activities & awards

Awards and recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers®
  • AV Preeminent® peer rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 5.0 out of 5.0 rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • “Top Rated Family Law Attorney” – Super Lawyers®
  • “Top 100” – North Carolina Super Lawyers®
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Family Law Section, Past Chair)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Continuing Legal Education Curriculum Committee (Past Chair)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association (Family Law Section)


  • North Carolina
  • 26th Judicial District


  • J.D., 1970, Columbia University
  • A.B., 1967, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Phi Beta Kappa