D. Melissa Averett

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Averett Family Law
50101 Governors Dr Ste 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 903-9442

Melissa Averett has been practicing as a family law attorney in Orange and Chatham Counties since 1998. She has earned a reputation for fighting passionately to protect her clients' rights, while at the same time working to keep their costs reasonable.

Guiding clients through some of the most traumatic chapters in their life, a divorce, custody battle or probate after the death of a loved one, is a position of intimacy and trust. It's an honor to be chosen for that role."

Melissa is currently the only Family Law Specialist primarily practicing in Chatham County. Melissa has conducted workshops, continuing legal education seminars, and given talks on family law related topics. She is also qualified to testify as an expert witness on the subject of domestic violence.

Melissa Averett Certified NC Family Law Specialist Pittsboro Siler CityMelissa received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986 and worked several years as a 911 telecommunicator before deciding to become a family law attorney. She attended the NCCU School of Law Evening Program, starting Averett Law Offices (now Averett Family Law) after she graduated.

In 2000, Melissa founded the non-profit law firm Domestic Violence Civil Legal Services, Inc. (DVC), and served as its director. Over the course of DVC's 8-year history, Melissa represented several thousand indigent domestic violence victims in family law cases. She has a passion for helping victims get monetary damages from their abusers in civil court and is a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.

When she's not at work, Melissa can be found crocheting, weaving on her floor loom, and trying to keep the cats from covering all her yarn and crafts in fur, usually unsuccessfully.