Melinda Queen Taylor

Melinda Queen Taylor

Experienced and compassionate family law attorney at Collins Family Law Group
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • South Carolina
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Biography

Melinda grew up in the greater Columbia, South Carolina area where she currently resides. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and graduated from Charlotte School of Law with honors (cum laude). While in law school she was inducted into the prestigous Order of the Crown (honor society) and received a merit scholarship. After law school, Melinda spent over eight years at a public interest law firm practicing family law. Melinda was the head family law attorney and was recognized as Attorney of the Year in 2016 while employed at that law firm.

Melinda has extensive experience advocating for clients in the family courts who were victims of domestic violence. Melinda has received specialized training from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) on domestic violence and custody cases. She has handled simple and uncontested matters as well as high conflict cases. She has helped clients with divorce, custody, visitation, child support, adoption, birth certificate issues and separation agreements.

Melinda has completed the South Carolina family law mediation course and has mediated many custody and divorce cases with simple and complex issues. She has also represented clients at the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Melinda is a member of the South Carolina Bar and licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. She has served as the chairman of the Richland County Bar’s Public Interest Committee. She was elected as a Legal Elite in family law in 2020 and 2021.

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Education
Charlotte School of Law
J.D. (2013) | Law
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Honors: Cum Laude Order of the Crown
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University of South Carolina - Columbia
B.S. (1996) | Criminal Justice
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Midlands Technical College
A.S. (1995) | Public Service- Criminal Justice
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Collins Family Law Group
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Family Law Unit Head
South Carolina Legal Services
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Staff Attorney
South Carolina Legal Services
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Law Clerk
South Carolina Legal Services
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Speaking Engagements
Stalking or Harassment Restraining Orders in South Carolina, The "Ins and Outs" of Civil Stalking or Harassment Restraining Orders in South Carolina, U.S. District Court for South Carolina
Financial Declaration. What is it? Why is it Necessary? What is the judge looking for?, Level Up Law, Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina Legal Services
The REAL I.D. and Birth Certificate Amendments
Civil Legal Services to Protect the Rights and Represent the Interests of Low-Income South Carolinians, SC Community Action Partnership and SC State Head Start Association Statewide Training, Columbia, South Carolina
Child Custody and Adoption, Richland Library Tele-Town Hall, Columbia, South Carolin
Child Custody in South Carolina, Level Up Law, Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina Legal Services
Landlord-Tenant Issues in Mediation, Let's Talk About It: Landlord-Tenant Issues in Mediation, Columbia, South Carolina
Midlands Mediation Center
Awards
Legal Elite in Family Law
Columbia Business Monthly
Legal Elite in Family Law
Columbia Business Monthly
Attorney of the Year
South Carolina Legal Services
Professional Associations
Richland County Bar Association
member
Current
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South Carolina Bar  # 101393
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
South Carolina Bar
ID Number: 101393
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United States District Court for South Carolina
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Divorce
    Contested Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
Languages
  • English
Websites & Blogs
Website
Collins Family Law Group
Contact & Map
Collins Family Law Group
1320 Main Street
Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: (843) 288-4001