Global Reputation

North Carolina certified family law attorney D. Melissa Averett is an international family law attorney and speaker, addressing legal audiences in the US and across the globe on family law topics.

Melissa teaches continuing legal education classes to attorneys in NC, speaks to Bar Association members internationally on common family law topics, and acts as an expert witness in domestic violence cases.

International Family Lawyer

While the laws are different in every state and country, there are many common themes in family law.

Melissa shares her knowledge and perceptions on divorce, custody, child support, equitable distribution, marital torts, litigation, and more, with attorneys from around the world at various conferences.

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Clear, concise & authoritative

When I moved to N.C, Melissa Averett was my first choice because of her deep experience and frank candor– but she was too busy to take on new clients. I felt lucky to be able to work with her when a spot opened up. Custody is difficult even in the best of cases due to…

Honest, upfront

I first went to a big divorce firm for men and they charged up the yingyang for nothing. Melissa came in, had reasonable fees and knew not only how to work with me, but use her experience to our advantage. We don’t think divorce is a game, but it may be a chess match and…

intellectually gifted

Melissa is perhaps the most intellectually gifted lawyer I know. Among trial attorneys, Melissa has few equals and no superiors. Cheryl

I am extremely pleased. Melissa has your back and best interest. You want her on your team! She is straightforward, very clear on what to expect, and no surprises. Melissa and the team made everything press and play. Would highly recommend Averett Family Law.

Professional and Caring

Melissa Averett has turned my horrific child custody, suppport and visitation case around for me. This case originated in New York and was subsequently changed over to North Carolina. I retained Attorney Averett’s services because she is well versed in New York Family Law as well as North Carolina’s. The office staff was professional and…

Efficient and Knowledgeable

I recently had the unpleasant experience of going through a divorce in NC.  Melissa and Alva have been professional, efficient and knowledgeable throughout the entire process.  They respond timely and accurately.  On more than one occasion, they went above and beyond to facilitate the process.  Melissa sought out ways to save me time and money…