Divorce. Custody. Probate. We give you confidence to face your challenges. Fear, less. We help you through life's traumatic chapters. Fierce Champion Advocate Caring Resourceful and responsive to your needs.


Separation. Divorce. Child custody. Child support. Alimony. Marital torts. Adoption. Equitable distribution. Estate planning.

Family law issues are very personal and often emotional. You need a family law attorney you can trust. When the storm hits, you can count on the team at Averett Family Law to be there for you with a caring approach and innovative solutions.

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We are committed not just to be the best lawyers we can by staying current with the changes in family law, estate planning, and probate, but striving to improve the law through our policy work and educating other attorneys and the public.

Melissa Averett travels and speaks internationally, opening dialogues and discussing cutting edge ideas and approaches to family law with attorneys across the globe.

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We represent family law, estate planning, and probate clients, primarily in Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties in North Carolina. Averett Family Law offices are convenient to Pittsboro, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Carrboro and surrounding towns.

If you’re considering separation or divorce, struggling with child custody or support issues, need help with estate planning or probate, or have any other family law questions, contact us today for an appointment.

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Our family law attorneys are in your corner, representing your interests as you deal with marital and family issues like divorce, child custody, child support, estate planning (wills, trusts), adoption, alimony, equitable distribution, premarital agreements, separation agreements, and tort and personal injury claims.

We take the time to understand your unique situation and work hard to find the most efficient, cost-effective strategy for your case. Nothing has a bigger impact on your life than issues affecting your children, your safety, or your marriage.

At Averett Family Law, we take that seriously.

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Having a current estate plan is a must in North Carolina.

Do not put off updating your beneficiaries, will, trust, advance directives, and other legal documents when a life change occurs. Make these updates immediately when you marry, have children or adopt, separate, or there is another major change in your life.

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Need a probate attorney in Chatham or Orange County? Let our team make it easier for you.

From simple settlements to contested wills, our skilled attorneys can help you throughout the probate process as your loved one’s estate is finalized.

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Melissa Averett is a Certified North Carolina Family Law Specialist. In addition to representing clients, she teaches continuing education classes for the NC Bar and has worked on the policy side in North Carolina to lobby for legislation on domestic violence.

Melissa speaks internationally on a variety of family law topics. She started Averett Family Law (then Averett Law Offices) in 1998. Family law and estate planning attorneys have been added throughout the years to support a growing client base.

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