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Fuquay-Varina Family Law

Fuquay-Varina Family Law offers quality, affordable legal representation for ALL families.  We are LGBTQIA+ affirming and provide a welcoming and safe space for ALL families in need of legal services.  We strive to assist our clients by connecting them with additional outside resources to help them through their family’s transition.  Fuquay-Varina Family Law is committed to the communities we serve on both a personal and professional level, and we are active in our local community and beyond.  

Fuquay-Varina Family Law

Fuquay-Varina Family Law offers quality, affordable legal representation in an inclusive and affirming environment.  We truly serve ALL families, and are active in our local community and beyond.

How Can We Help You?


In North Carolina, spouses must be separated for a year prior to filing for divorce. This period begins the day one spouse moves out.


Each parent has an obligation to support their children. North Carolina Child Support Guidelines are very specific, but you may still have questions.


Welcoming a child into your family by adoption is very exciting. We are here to help you handle the legal processes involved.


Child custody is one of the most contested parts of ending a marriage or relationship. We can help you navigate custody matters with sensitivity.


The decision to separate is a difficult one, and there are many emotions involved. We are here to help you navigate your separation and to ensure your legal rights.


North Carolina law is hazy, at best, when it comes to guidelines for alimony and post-separation support. We can help navigate your unique situation.

Division of Property

Second to child custody, the most highly contested area of separation and divorce is the division of property.


Because of advances in medicine over the last several decades, there are many options available to couples that are unable to conceive naturally.

Family Law is our passion.

Family law issues are often emotionally-charged, and it is imperative that you hire an attorney that is both knowledgeable about the law and able to compassionately guide you through important decisions. Because this area of law is so wrought with emotions, it important to have an attorney to help you look beyond these emotions and advocate for your best interest.

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire whether our services are right for you.

About Melissa Flanagan

Melissa has lived in North Carolina since she was seven years old, raised in the small town of Four Oaks. She graduated from South Johnston High School and then attended North Carolina State University where she completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology with a Criminal Justice Concentration.

After graduating from North Carolina State University, Melissa opted to remain in the Raleigh area. She worked in various levels of State and Local government as a Case Manager with both the State of North Carolina and Wake County Child Support Enforcement. After having worked in Child Support Enforcement for nearly nine years, she chose to leave her full-time job to attend North Carolina Central University School of Law.

No two families are alike, and because of this, family law is not “one-size-fits-all.” Our legal services are tailored to YOUR family and YOUR situation. We will take the time to get to know you and your unique circumstances. Each family pursuing legal services has differing legal needs. We strive to provide comprehensive, individualized service to each family we work with.


North Carolina State University
B.S. Applied Sociology with a Criminal Justice Concentration, 1995

North Carolina Central University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2015

Activities & Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member
  • The National LGBTQ+ Bar, Member
  • The Pauli Murray LGBTQ+ Bar Association, Member
  • Leadership Fuquay-Varina, Class of 2019
  • Fuquay-Varina Citizen’s Police Academy, Class of 2020
  • Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association, Member/Friend of Downtown
  • Development Committee of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, Former Member
  • Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Former Member
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar


Our Client Stories

Renee Holmes
Renee Holmes
Family Court and the Wake County residents are fortunate to have Melissa. If you are in the unfortunate need of representation- Melissa is ethical, professional and wise. With my work and personal experience, many attorneys do not match her level of professionalism and knowledge. She is truly focused on the best interest of the minor- which should always be the focus of parents. I would highly recommend anyone entering a new chapter involving her areas of law- to meet with her early on in your journey- she will navigate the steps and provide the necessary support regardless of how far along in the process you are. Melissa is detail oriented, genuine, patient while being direct and informative. She understands the law and the complexities of family court and is an asset to the Wake County court system.
Alex Westfall
Alex Westfall
I can not speak highly enough of everything Melissa was able to do for me. She is very professional, highly knowledgeable, inclusive, and eager to assist me with everything I needed in a legal sense. I was genuinely nervous to speak to a legal professional due to being in the LGBT community. My experience was everything I could have hoped for and more. Thank you so much for everything, Melissa.
David Bunt
David Bunt
Extremely informative. So informative we were left with little questions. Once a decision was made we jumped right into the process. Highly recommend Fuquay-Varina Family Law!!!
LaDonna Bethea
LaDonna Bethea
Due to Melissa’s knowledge and professionalism, the legal portion was the least of my issues with obtaining a divorce. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to take a no nonsense approach.
Emily Maas
Emily Maas
Melissa is not just an amazing attorney, she actually cares about you. I’ve worked with Melissa for the past year during a very hard divorce. I wasn’t always the perfect client, but she stuck by me during my hardest days. If I needed her, even after work hours, she would always respond. She’s reliable, dependable and always in your corner. I cannot say enough about this woman as a person and a professional. If you need an amazing lawyer during your hardest days ahead, she is the one!
Lisa Frangullie
Lisa Frangullie
I found Melissa through single parent group recommendation from social media while going through the lowest and most stressful time of my life following a separation with my 2 young kids. She has been nothing short of amazing and has been the most loyal, prepared, and informed advocate for my children during a contentious, and long drawn out custody dispute. She is not only knowledgable about the quirks of NC family law and Wake County Family Court, but she is also kind, non-judgemenal, and patient. She could not have done a better job for us and ultimately thanks to her, my children will have a much better quality of life than was previously facing them. I highly recommend Melissa if you need a strong and compassionate, but realistic advocate for you or your children.
Kelly Nystrom
Kelly Nystrom
Melissa is very knowledgeable, kind and fights for her clients. I knew I did not have to worry about anything, because Melissa was going to fight for what was right, fair, and due to me.
Sarah Raquel Crawford
Sarah Raquel Crawford
Melissa helped our family with step-parent adoption. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances of COVID, our case took a lot longer than anticipated. During our 10 long months, Melissa made sure to stay on top of our case and kept us informed all along. We are so thankful for her dedication and hard work through all of the unexpected.
Orion Mondragon
Orion Mondragon
Fantastic firm!! Melissa and her team were fantastic, responsive and professional. Hopefully I'll never need to talk to them again but if I do need legal counsel later, I will definitely come back.