150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Melissa J. Avery

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Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C.

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8250 Haverstick Rd.
Suite 100
Indianapolis IN 46240
Work (317) 571-3600

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Melissa Avery has been practicing Family Law for nearly 20 years and has distinguished herself both locally and nationally as a premier family law attorney. Divorce and related family law matters have the potential to touch all areas of one's life, including finances, parenting and property. With so much at stake in any family law matter, it is crucial to choose a lawyer with the requisite experience, knowledge and legal skill to resolve your issues with the best possible outcome.  Melissa has served a wide range of clients throughout central Indiana in matters involving dissolution of marriage, high net worth divorce, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, business valuation in divorce, property division, divorce and retirement benefits, adoption law, paternity, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She provides her clients with knowledgeable and compassionate advice. Melissa has the ability to discreetly resolve even the most complex cases involving businesses and other high-value assets and has been widely recognized for her family law accomplishments.

While litigation is the best course of action for achieving an outcome in the client's best interest in many cases, Melissa is also well versed in means of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and the emerging practice of collaborative law. Resolving issues in such a manner can potentially reduce the financial and time commitment, as well as the emotional toll, for clients in divorce and other family law cases.


Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation, Collaborative Law, & Mediation


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B.S., Ohio University (1991); J.D. Capital University School of Law (1994).

Legal Organizations

American Bar Assn., Family Law Section, Council Member (2004-Present) and CLE Committee Co-Chair (2010-Present); Indiana State Bar Assn., Family Law Section Chair(2011-2013); Indianapolis Bar Assn., Family Law Section-Chair (2002); Indiana State Bar Assn., Judicial Improvement Committee Co-Chair (2002-2004), Member, Marion County Family Court Task Force and Family Law Rules Committee.


Listed as one of Indiana's Top 50 Lawyers for 2009 and 2011; Top 25 Women Lawyers since 2007; Indiana Super Lawyer since 2005; Certified Family Law Specialist, 2002.

CLE Presentations

ICLEF, "Developing Skills in the Practice of Law," 2011; AICPA, "Do You Have What it Takes - Family Law Practice" and "Hot Topics in Family Law," 2010; AICPA "Machiavellian Negotiation and Mediation Techniques," 2009; Indianapolis Bar Assn., "How are Current Economic Conditions Affecting Dissolution Cases," 2009; American Bar Assn., "Hot Tips from Family Law Experts," 2009; NBI, "Advaneced Family Law," 2008; American Bar Assn., "I Worked For It, I Sweated For It, It's Mine - Representing the Small Business Owner in Divorce," 2007; American Bar Assn., "Opening Pandora's Box - Division of Unusual Assets", 2006; NBI, "Getting the Best Financial Settlement for Your Client", 2005; ICLEF, "High Asset Divorce", 2004.


“The Marital Residence and Other Black Holes: Dealing with Real Estate in Divorce”, Res Gestae,2009; "Advanced Family Law", NBI, 2008; "Marital Property in Indiana", ABA FLS On-Line Resource Center, 2006; "Complex Issues in Divorce", NBI, 2003-2004; "Elements of Divorce", 2002.

AAML National

Board of Governors, 2011 to current; CLE Program Chair, 2010-2011.

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