A Better Way for Families to Transition


About Interest-Based Divorce Negotiation


Richard Daugherty

Karen Davidson

Adrian J. Davis


Lepage Associates Solution-Based Psychological & Psychiatric Services

Dr. Tina Lepage

Erica Blytone, LCSW


Stearns Financial Services Group

Haleh Moddasser


Richard Daugherty

Richard (Rich) Daugherty, JD, MSW, MBA (Lawyer/Mediator) is an attorney and certified superior court mediator practicing collaborative family law.  Rich also serves as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), appointed by the District Court with regard to child custody cases.  From his experience as an attorney, mediator and GAL, Rich has breadth and depth in his understanding of divorce and can help clients navigate their way through this process in a dignified and peaceful way.

Rich has a unique educational blend beyond the typical law degree.  In addition to a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he also holds a masters degree in social work with a concentration in mental health from UNC, a bachelors degree in business economics from the University of Richmond and an MBA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Being educated in business and behavioral dynamics makes Rich a better choice as an attorney because he is equipped to address the challenges of working with limited resources and has a deeper understanding of the mental stress associated with divorce.

Rich is married and has three grown children. He loves the outdoors and enjoys rowing, backpacking, fly-fishing and gardening.


Karen DavidsonKaren Davidson

Karen Davidson was born in North Carolina and graduated from high school in Charlotte. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She has an MA and JD from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1981.

Karen’s law practice is holistic, offering a full range of legal services in civil and criminal court. She is committed to a focus on collaborative family law (CFL) as the optimal process for helping separating parties make a successful transition to two homes. Karen believes that eliminating any negative impact on children is paramount during and after divorce.

Karen is fully trained and experienced in the practice of collaborative family law as set out in North Carolina General Statute 50-70. She has participated in a number of CFL cases leading to positive outcomes for the families involved.

Karen has the skills to ensure the success of the collaborative process. She has been trained as a family financial mediator and is qualified as a Parent Coordinator pursuant to North Carolina law. She also serves as both a civil and juvenile Guardian ad Litem which provides her with a unique understanding of the needs of children whose parents are separating. Financial pressures often creates adversity in the separation process. If resources can be maximized in a way that meets each new family’s needs, initial stress can be relieved.

Ms. Davidson is able to assist clients in reaching solutions tailored to his/her specific parenting and property issues. She is able to support and assist parties in identifying individual needs and interests. Karen is aware of the stressors affecting individuals going through separation from a spouse. She is keenly aware of all the issues facing clients in separation and divorce and the dynamics between parties as they rearrange their lives. She knows that, in addition to emotional factors, time plays a significant role in separation. Karen offers solid support through the process seeking a smooth and safe transition.

Areas of Practice:

      • Adoption
      • Juvenile
      • Abuse and Neglect
      • Delinquency
      • Domestic
      • Uncontested and contested divorce
      • Collaborative divorce
      • Mediation
      • Civil Guardian ad Litem (Domestic and Competency)
      • Parent Coordination
      • Equitable distribution
      • Spousal support
      • Custody including Parenting Agreements
      • Same Sex Partnership and Custody Matters
      • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
      • Criminal misdemeanors
      • Alcohol and substance violations
      • Domestic Violence
      • DWI
      • Traffic
      • Expungement of qualifying offenses
      • Adult Competency
      • Emancipation


Adrian J. Davisadrian davis

“Collaborative law equates to self-determination, which inevitably empowers the individual with control over his or her own life.”

Adrian J. Davis is an experienced family law attorney with a passion for peaceful conflict resolution. As a former child of divorce, she understands and has personally witnessed the long-term destruction of an acrimonious divorce. Adrian knows that the collaborative process provides all parties a fair and positive avenue for resolution without the harmful and generally irreparable consequences of the traditional separation and divorce model. Adrian’s desire is to provide families with a safe, protective legal avenue for peaceful conflict resolution through collaborative divorce.

Experience and Education
Adrian Davis is a family law attorney and mediator. She obtained her undergraduate degree in 1996 and her Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to exclusively practicing family law, her practice included corporate law, juvenile law and real estate law.

Professional Affiliations:

Wake County Bar Association (WCBA)
North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
North Carolina Victims Association (Volunteer)

Teaching & Speaking Engagements:

Ms. Davis is the Training Chair for the North Carolina Association of Collaborative Divorce Professionals and has spoken at a number of continuing legal education programs throughout the state. She has recently lectured on topics including “Collaborative Divorce – Creating the Container” and “How to Avoid Common Tax Mistakes.”
Adrian Davis

For anyone going through a separation Adrian suggests, “Whatever your personal circumstances are, make sure you chose the process right for your situation; do not let anyone dictate your path.”


Dr. Tina Lepagetina lepage

Dr. Tina Lepage was the first psychologist in the Triangle to become fully trained in collaborative divorce (CD), and she continues to be the most highly trained and experienced mental health professional working in CD in this geographic area. Since 2004 Dr. Lepage has engaged in hundreds of hours of training in CD and mediation, and works with numerous families each year going though this transition. From the very beginning of her career with a B.S. in Child Development & Family Relationships, Dr. Lepage has been focusing on families, and she has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, parents, and children going through divorce. Dr. Lepage completed both her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation in Clinical Psychology in the area of developing parenting plans, and is an expert in cooperative co-parenting and parallel parenting. Her combined experience in divorce transitions, child development, parenting plans, and conflict resolution make her highly sought out by people going through separation and divorce.

A leader in CD in the Triangle, Dr. Lepage was the Case Manager and Child Specialist on the first Full Team CD in this area, is on the Executive Committee of the NC state CD association, and is a founding member of Separating Better. The psychologists at Lepage Associates all have training and experience in CD to include the Full Team and Referral Models. Each of the other clinicians at Lepage Associates is mentored by Dr. Lepage in CD, receives outside training, and are all skilled at divorce work in their own right. It is not surprising families experiencing the transition of divorce find the assistance at Lepage Associates invaluable. Please visit our website for in-depth information on Dr. Lepage and Lepage Associates.


Erica Blytone, LCSW Erica Blytone

Erica Blystone has over 15 years of experience specializing in divorce work with families, and extensive experience acting as both Child Specialist or Divorce Coach in the Collaborative Divorce process.

As a Child Specialist, Erica makes use of her vast knowledge of divorce and children, working closely with parents to understand and best meet the needs of their children. As a therapist, Erica also has experience doing couples therapy with couples who seek to improve their marriage as well as those who wish to peacefully separate and detach from one another when the marriage is ending. She focuses on helping these parents maintain a respectful partnership for the sake of the children and for their own emotional well-being, even though they have chosen to end the marriage. Erica has developed broad skill in assisting parents to develop a healthy and effective co-parenting relationship. She is adept at helping parents make the important decisions that will impact their children and themselves for years to come. Erica’s warmth, friendly demeanor, and ability to connect with people during difficult transitions make her a good choice for Child Specialist for a family going through a divorce.

As a Divorce Coach, Erica works to help her collaborative divorce clients explore their interests, needs, and reactions in a supportive, nonjudgmental and genuine environment. She helps them to identify and improve communication patterns as well as to unearth the underlying emotions or interests fueling the conflict, so they can be well prepared to be effective in negotiations with their spouse. Erica is skilled at assisting clients identify both their individual and collective interests in order to help make the collaborative divorce process as smooth and amicable as possible, resulting in making well-informed decisions and agreements. In particular, her specialized expertise as a couple’s therapist has equipped her with a keen eye for communication patterns among the parties involved in the process. She has found this experience to be very useful in improving communication among spouses/co-parents, and helping the process go as smoothly as possible.


Haleh ModdasserHaleh Moddasser

Haleh Moddasser, CPA (pronounced “Holly”)

Haleh is Vice President at Stearns Financial Services Group where she leads the Triangle area’s “Solutions for Women” business unit. Using a holistic approach, Haleh advises her clients in the areas of investment management, financial planning and divorce. Haleh began her career with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Chicago where she worked extensively in individual taxation. Later, Haleh served as a financial officer of a Fortune 500 company, responsible for financing the company’s operations. Haleh’s extensive experience in the Collaborative field has given her a unique understanding of the emotional and financial complexities surrounding divorce. Her goal is to help divorcing clients define their broader life goals and achieve them by finding sustainable financial solutions.

Haleh Moddasser, CPA

Professional Affiliations:

        • NCACPA
        • NAPFA
        • IACP
        • NCACDP