"Life is short, and so am I."
Melissa qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and has been dealing with family law matters for the past ten years. She has a vast amount of experience in dealing with all aspects of family law, and in particular children matters.
During her career she has represented many parents and relatives of families in both private and public law proceedings. Many of her cases are complex involving such matters as allegations of domestic abuse, allegations of harm, parental alienation. Melissa regularly undertakes her own advocacy.
Prior to joining McAlister Family Law, Melissa was Head of the Family Department at IMD Solicitors providing legal advice and assistance for clients from migrant communities. Melissa is highly experienced in conducting divorce, financial and children matter cases with international elements, particularly cross-border issues, and has experience in dealing with divorce and financial matters where assets are situated in both the UK and abroad, as well as in dealing with cases where the assets are significantly high and in excess of £1m.
She is a member of Resolution and is committed to resolving family law issues in a constructive and positive manner; for those cases involving children matters, she encourages a child-focused approach, putting the needs of the children first.
Melissa is focused and has a calm approach to her cases. She puts her clients at ease and has their objectives at the forefront of her mind.
What others say
"Divorce is a difficult experience but knowing that Melissa was there to look after my legal and financial matters really helped. The advice, support and communication was outstanding and I’m grateful and thankful that Melissa was with me. I would recommend her expertise if you need a friendly, approachable solicitor who will answer your questions without making anything feel like too much trouble." Sara Caldwell
"Thank you so much to you and Helen for representing me and finally we got what we wanted and needed! I can't thank you enough for all your hard work." Jessica Downey
"Melissa handled my case with professionalism and efficiency. A case which was difficult for me, as I am sure that it is for anyone when it comes to the family court. Melissa showed passion and compassion for me and I would definitely recommend her to anyone." M Fekete
Press and publications
Melissa has authored numerous, expert blog posts, the most recent of which you can read here on the subject of marital and non-marital assets.
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