BBus (Mgt), LLB (Monash University)

Senior Associate: Cullen Macleod July 2014 - Present

Solicitor: Cullen Macleod 2011 - 2014

Professional/Business Associations
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Women Lawyers of WA
Legal Expertise/Specialisation

Melissa joined Cullen Macleod as the Senior Family Lawyer in May 2011, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from the Eastern States, where she was admitted and practiced for 3 years prior to moving to Perth early in 2010.

Melissa's practice centres on Family Law and Wills and Estates/Succession Planning.

Melissa regularly appears in the Family Court of Western Australia on a variety of matters. She has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law, including financial and child welfare matters.

Melissa is authorized to chair Mediation-Style Conferences for Family Court property settlement matters and will shortly become a Nationally Accredited Mediator. Melissa has a keen interest in developing her mediation skills further and expanding this part of her practice at Cullen Babington Macleod.

Melissa's recent experience includes:
  • Instructing counsel in an interim matter concerning Cohabitation Deeds prior to their codification in the Family Court Act 1997 and successfully having the Cohabitation Deed upheld, the first such determination to be made on the issue in WA
  • Representing third parties in opposing Subpoenas issued to them in Family Court proceedings
  • Resolving complex property settlements by consent, without the intervention of the Family Court
  • Drafting Binding Child Support Agreements, Limited Child Support Agreements and Binding Financial Agreements
  • Successful interim applications in relation to child relocation matter
  • Drafting costs submissions and successfully obtaining costs orders in the Family Court of Western Australia against other parties


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