Direct Client Representation
Melissa provides legal advice and case strategy to individual clients who are in the thick of domestic and international family law disputes. She is a strategic litigator and advisor and is known for helping her clients understand the process and the practical outcomes available to them.
International Family Law Case Strategy
Melissa works with legal counsel globally to provide a comprehensive case strategy and case support for your international family law case. She routinely works with families in situations of international divorce, international child custody and relocation, international child abduction, child abduction prevention, and international child support. She provides expert testimony on issues related to international and domestic child abduction.
International Divorce Architecture
Melissa will meet with clients who need advanced international divorce planning and help the client design a divorce process that works best for them. She has the skills to ensure the client addresses complex issues, such as authenticating documents, enforcing foreign court orders, navigating multiple legal systems, and she has the global connections to ensure the client has all the resources to find the support that they need. She has worked extensively with the government, international organizations, and foreign counsel, to help the client engineer their best divorce, while protecting their interest in complex international dissolutions.
Melissa provides services as a neutral intermediary. She works with individuals to craft a comprehensive and uniquely tailored solution to their family dispute. In addition to in-person mediation services, Melissa also uses technology to facilitate remote mediation services.
Melissa sits on five D.C. metro area court mediation panels (meaning she meets the stringent criteria to sit on each) and has over 300 hours of mediation and dispute resolution training. Melissa is trained, and offers, when appropriate, services as a collaborative lawyer and as a parent coordinator.