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Description of Practice
A trained collaborative practitioner with over 16 years of experience in family law. I am also an attorney and mediator. My firm is dedicated to helping parties to separate without destroying their family. I have attended several advance trainings in collaborative law. It is my philosophy that parties should have greater control on their divorce, which I can help them to achieve. I work out of the South Jersey office which is conveniently located in beautiful Merchantville. My firm represents parties throughout New Jersey and I can see clients in Princeton, New Brunswick, Freehold and other locations as needed.
Melissa Fecak, Esq. is an experienced family law attorney. Trained as a mediator and collaborative practitioner, Melissa is able to help most families with their divorce and other matters. Melissa's firm, Fecak & Williams, PC is about to celebrate six years of providing personalized service for clients.
Prior to starting her own firm, Melissa was an associate in a family law firm in Hudson County. After 10 years of family law litigation, Melissa decided it was time to move on and start helping families to navigate through divorce without going to Court.
Served for several years as an Early Settlement Panelist in Hudson County. A NJ Court Rule 1:40 MESP mediator, also trained in mediation under the Court's pilot program for Domestic Violence cases. Private mediation practice and collaborative law practice.
AAS in Fine Art from Fashion Institute of Technology
BA in Toy Design from Fashion Institute of Technology
JD from Seton Hall University School of Law
It is my belief that parents who separate through mediation or collaborative practice have happier families. Divorce and separation is difficult for children. When the parents are fighting each other in Court, the children are the ones who suffer. When children see their parents working together to separate, they feel more comfortable and secure.
It also does not make sense for parties to spend the equity in their home, their retirement funds or their children's college education funds on costly litigation. In the end, parties who divorce through the Courts receive an expensive decision that neither one is satisfied with.
Mediation and collaborative practice make sense for most people seeking to separate or divorce. Courts prefer when parties are able to settle their own matters, and mediation and collaborative divorces are less likely to return to Court after the divorce.
I work with my clients to help them select the divorce process that works best for them and their family. No two divorces are alike, so each matter needs to have the process reflect their individual needs.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Family
- Divorce (all issues)
- Divorce (parenting)
- Marital Mediation
- Pet Mediation
- Mediating Lawyer
- Collaborative Professional
- Online Mediator
- Representational Lawyer
References available upon request.
This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.