Divorce Attorney & Mediator
Cary Close is a Raleigh native, mother of three, and veteran family lawyer. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell Law School (cum laude), where she was a member of Law Review and the Moot Court team. After law school, Cary clerked for the Honorable K. Edward Greene at the N.C. Court of Appeals.
For nearly 25 years, Cary has helped divorcing spouses navigate the often frightening and confusing journey that begins with marital separation. Cary’s clients receive high-quality legal representation and a straightforward, practical approach to their cases.
An experienced and passionate litigator, Cary will fight for her clients in court when settlement is not an option. She is a strong advocate for her clients, protecting their rights, their children and their financial stability.
Cary is also a certified Family Financial Mediator who is frequently asked by other family lawyers to help resolve their clients’ cases out of court.
Kelly Smith began practicing law in Raleigh in 2013 and joined Close Family Law in 2015. She earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Elon University School of Law.
Growing up in Emerald Isle, Kelly was the youngest of six children in a “blended family.” She brings this first-hand perspective, along with her academic and professional experience, to the practice of family law. Her goal is to help her clients move beyond divorce and position themselves to have happy, productive lives. Says Kelly, “I always tell people that going through separation and divorce is difficult, but my goal is to bump into them a few years down the road and hear them tell me about how great things are going in their lives.”
When not practicing law, Kelly enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and son.
Pamela Deeds Stewart
NC State Bar Certified Paralegal
Pamela made the Raleigh area home in 1993 and shortly thereafter began her career in law. In 2004, she became a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal and her journey into the world of family law began.
With almost 20 years of exclusive work in family law, Pamela has extensive experience working with clients from the very beginning steps of separation through the entry of the final divorce judgment. Along the way, Pamela is a go-to resource for clients who are navigating the unfamiliar world of child support worksheets, financial affidavits, property inventories, and a host of other documents that divorcing spouses are called upon to complete. A “people person,” Pamela is rarely seen without a smile on her face and is always happy to stop what she is doing to help a client.
Pamela’s experience also includes serving as the co-author of Practical Skills For North Carolina Family Law Paralegals, a much-used paralegal guide published by the North Carolina Sate Bar Association.
When not working with her attorneys on your case, Pamela enjoys camping with her husband, spending time with her daughter and playing with her chihuahuas.