Senior Solicitor, Family Law
Melissa is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law team.
Melissa joined the firm as a trainee and has been a specialist family lawyer since 2017. She advises clients on all aspects of family law, with a particular focus on helping clients resolve their financial and childcare arrangements following a relationship breakdown, Melissa’s clients feel well looked after and properly advised and praise her discretion and instinctive ability to settle at the right point.
During her career Melissa has developed a specific interest in child maintenance disputes and child relocation cases, where one parent wishes to relocate away from Scotland to another country with their child, or children.
Melissa’s approach is to work closely with clients to understand their individual circumstances and to help them achieve their personal aims. In the majority of cases, that can be done calmly and constructively without the need to go to Court. Where that isn’t possible, she has experience in representing clients in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session, where she has a strong track record.
Melissa is a member of the Family Law Association and the Scottish Young Lawyers Association.
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Recent News & Insights by Melissa
03 July 2023 | Time to read: 3 mins
Separated Parents: Top tips for a “plane” sailing summer holiday
If you are planning a summer holiday with your child but you are separated from your child’s other parent, there...
14 April 2023 | Time to read: 4 mins
Civil Partnership or Marriage – What are the legal differences?
We have prepared a helpful factsheet on the legal differences between becoming marital spouses or civil partners.
28 October 2022 | Time to read: 4 mins
How do I change my name or my child’s name after a separation?
One of the most common practical changes following a separation or divorce/dissolution of civil partnership is to change your surname...
25 March 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins
Relocating with children – a guide for separated parents
Many of us made changes to our living arrangements during the Covid pandemic and some may be considering a permanent...