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Melissa D. Wright

Melissa D. Wright,
Of Counsel

AREAS OF PRACTICE: Family law; premarital and postmarital agreements; separation and property settlement agreements; divorce; temporary spousal support, alimony, equitable distribution, child support, child custody and visitation, contempt; annulments; adoptions; paternity; legitimation; name changes; parent representation in Department of Social Services cases; family law mediator; collaborative law; parenting coordinator.

CERTIFIED FAMILY FINANCIAL MEDIATOR: Divorce mediation allows couples facing divorce to reach a private resolution without having to go to court to have a Judge make a final determination. The goal of divorce mediation is to reach a thoughtful lasting agreement that resolves issues that will allow the parties to move forward with healthy, happy, productive lives. Melissa provides mediation services to parties who may or may not be represented by lawyers, although Melissa recommends that each party have at least a conference with an independent attorney prior to attending a mediation conference.

CERTIFIED PARENTING COORDINATOR: Parenting Coordination is an alternative dispute resolution process combining assessment, education, case management and conflict resolution. Melissa is typically appointed by a court order to help parents implement and comply with a custody order by providing parents education about co-parenting; strategies to manage conflict and reduce the negative effects on children and guidance in complying with a court order. Click here to visit our Parenting Coordination page.

COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE: Collaborative Divorce is an alternative approach to the traditional (adversarial) divorce. It is a cooperative process that includes a commitment by both parties to resolve their issues outside of the court system. Collaborative practice involves attorneys for each party and if necessary a divorce team of financial experts, child specialists and process coaches.

PROFESSIONAL: Of Counsel at Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, LLP 2015 to present; Melissa Wright Law, PLLC in Charlotte, North Carolina 2005-2015.

COMMUNITY: Member, Coastal Chapter of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA); National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Advocate for Change and Participant for Bike MS 150; Walk MS and Challenge Walk 50 (2002-present).

Born in East Patchogue, New York in 1974; admitted to North Carolina State Bar (2003); admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2003).

EDUCATION: Pfeiffer University (B.A. Political Science magna cum laude, 1998); Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (J.D. cum laude, 2003).