GET TO KNOW: Rhonda Patterson, the “Queen of Custody”

Charlotte Parent|April 2020

GET TO KNOW: Rhonda Patterson, the “Queen of Custody”
She’s an attorney, arbitrator, and owner of The Patterson Law Office, where she specializes in family law.
TAYLOR BOWLER

Rhonda Patterson has earned the nickname “Queen of Custody” for her aggressive yet compassionate approach to custody litigation. We caught up with the divorced mother of two to find out how she’s turned co-parenting into an art.

Age: 38

Family status: Divorced, mother of 11-year-old London and 7-year-old Drew

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids

Currently lives: Mint Hill

Currently reading: N.C. General Statutes

Favorite sports team: My daughter’s track team

What’s the story behind your “Queen of Custody” nickname? High-conflict litigation is a lot like chess—it involves strategy, and you don’t just get there in one move. There’s always a countermove to be prepared for. The queen is the most powerful piece. My clients have a powerful player in me, and I’m not afraid to litigate weeklong custody trials. I know the law, and I never stop studying because the law is ever-changing.

What’s the hardest part about juggling work and family? Saying no—and not feeling bad about it. I’ve accepted that I’m in this season of life where kids and work are my priority. I’m serve on boards and have evening meetings, so I have to say no to additional commitments.

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April 2020