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Joy Chappell

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Family comes first for me. That’s why I became a family lawyer. I know from personal experience that divorce and conflict can be extremely difficult and emotional to navigate through.

My goal is to give clients exceptional care, attention and sound advice in order for them to successfully get through those difficult times and uncertainty with confidence. I strive to provide my clients with the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. My parents divorced when I was 13 and my sister was 6, so I understand first hand from a child’s perspective what it means when a family goes through a divorce.

I also experienced divorce as an adult with a small child of my own. So I have those unique perspectives from my own life which give me the compassion, understanding and practical knowledge needed to assist my clients in achieving their own personal goals to move forward in a positive way after divorce. When I went through my own custody battle, admittedly it was a scary and uncertain time.

I am passionate about family law. I successfully guide my clients through the scary process of dealing with a custody case, and I empower them to make the best possible decisions for their children for years to come. I am an advocate of alternative dispute resolution and encourage clients to resolve their issues dealing with custody, in particular, through mediation when feasible. That process gives clients control over the outcome of their custody disputes so that judges do not have to make those decisions for them.

Having weathered my own divorce experiences, I sought to share my knowledge from those experiences so I could help others going through the same thing. I understand what you are going through, and I am here to help. Divorce is tough but with the right guidance, education, and counsel, clients can come out on the other side and feel hopeful and optimistic about their futures, as well as that of their families. I love what I do, and I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with such a great team of attorneys and paralegals who hold the same values I do at McIlveen Family Law Firm.


  • Member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member of the North Carolina State Bar
  • Vice President of the Gaston County Bar
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • Attorney Volunteer – Gaston County Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Pro bono attorney with Legal Aid of Gastonia
  • JD, Charlotte School of Law
  • MBA, Regis University
  • BS, Business Administration, Gardner-Webb University
  • AAS Paralegal Technology, Gaston College
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Excellent in the field of family practice

I was recommended to Ms. Chappell to handle my separation/divorce, property settlement and child custody issues. Due to some disagreements d