Melissa Averett

Melissa Averett

NC Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • North Carolina
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Summary

I love practicing law. Guiding clients through the stress and upheaval of divorce, a custody battle or the aftermath of a death in the family is position of trust that I take seriously. Drafting an amicable separation agreement, or completing an adoption efficiently with as little drama as possible is equally important. I have been a NC Certified Family Law Specialist since 2009. My law firm handles divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, grandparents' rights, domestic violence, tort claims and personal injury, prenuptial and separation agreements, estate planning and administration in Chatham, Orange and Durham counties.

Education
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (1998)
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Honors: Magna cum laude
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Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Averett Family Law
- Current
Family Law firm representing clients in cases involving divorce, custody, probate, estate planning and personal injury
Founder and Executive Director
DVC Legal Services, Inc.
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Non profit law firm representing indigent domestic violence victims in Orange and Chatham County, NC
Speaking Engagements
Domestic Violence Primer , NC State Bar Paralegal CLE , Cary, NC
Child Support: When Can You Deviate from the Guidelines? , NC Justice Academy CLE , Cary, NC
Representing Clients Seeking DVPOS and No Contact Orders , NC Centtral University School of Law CLE , Durham, NC
Child Custody and Domestic Violences , Law to the People Cle , Rlaeigh, NC
Obtaining Civil Domestic Violence Protection Orders in NC with Professor Deria Hayes , Law to the People CLE , Durham, NC
Chapter 50B and 50C , Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County Advocacy Training , Chatham County, NC
Draftting Effective Court Orders , Law to the People CLE , Raleigh, NC
DV Orders for Minors , Lunch and Learn for Legal Aid , Raleigh, NC
Spousal Support Guidelines , JAM Family Law Conference , Hoi An, Vietnam
Australian Family Law Conference
Tort Claims in Family Law Cases , NC Annual Family Law Meeting , Charleston, SC
NC Family Bar
Every Sperm Is Sacred: Regulating Commerical Surrogacy , JAM Family Law Conference , Hoi An, Vietnam
Australian Family Law
Tort Claims in Family Law Cases , DUrham, NC
Durham Family Bar
Trauma Informed Legal Representation , Australian and Maltese Family Law Conference , Malta
Certifications
NC Family Law Specialist
NC State Bar
Awards
SuperLawyer
SuperLawyers
SuperLawyer
SuperLawyers
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
Member
Current
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NC Bar Domestic Violence Committee
Member
Current
Activities: Draft and recommend changes to NC statutes on domestic violence
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Judicial District 15B bar - Orange and Chatham County
Member
- Current
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NC Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Estate Planning
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Averett Family Law Blog
Contact & Map
50101 Governors Drive
Suite 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Telephone: (919) 903-9442
Fax: (919) 903-9515