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  1. Family: 40%
    8 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    8 years
  3. Child Support: 20%
    8 years
  4. Child Custody: 20%
    8 years


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kimberly M Hibsch

    Melissa was my Best Interests Attorney in a very difficult case. She proceeded in a way that was fair, balanced, and focused on the children.


    Kimberly Hibsch Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Anna E Meddin

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Anna Meddin Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

MK Family Law

2001 S Street, N.W.
Suite 550
Washington, DC, 20009


DCActive 200705/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - MarylandSuperlawyers2015
Rising Star - DCSuperlawyers2015
Volunteer of the YearABA Section of International Law2014
Rising Star - MarylandSuperlawyers2013
Rising Star - MarylandSuperlawyers2012
Outstanding Contribution to the SectionABA Family Law Section2012
2012 Outstanding Stand Alone Program AwardABA Section of International Law2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMK Family Law2013 - Present
Professorial Lecturer in LawThe George Washington University School of Law2010 - Present
AttorneyBulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Chtd.2007 - Present
Co-FounderGlobal Justice Initiative2007 - Present
Consultant/Legal OfficerHague Conference on Private International Law2013 - 2013
AttorneyWendy H. Schwartz & Associates, PLLC2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association for Conflict ResolutionPractitioner Member2012 - 2014
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, International Law CommitteePast Chair2011 - Present
ABA International Family Mediation Task ForceChair2011 - Present
American Bar Association, International Law and Practice SectionRepresentative to the Hague's 6th Special Commission Meeting2011 - 2011
American Bar Association, International Law and Practice SectionSteering Committee, Family Law Committee2010 - Present
Secretary of State Advisory Committee on Private International LawMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationLiaison between Family Law and International Law Sections2009 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
American Journal of Family LawChild Testimony in Contested Custody Cases2014
Maryland State Bar JournalGrowth Spurt Hits International Law Related to Children2012
American Journal of Family LawCreating a Successful Structure to Mediate International Parental Child Abduction Cases2012
Vol. 2 J. Disp. Res. 297 (2010)The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Using Technology in Mediating Crossborder Child Custody Cases2010
Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (Volume Nine, Issue III, 2008-2009)Culture in Mediating International Parental Kidnapping Cases2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace Law SchoolLawJ.D.2006
American University School of International ServiceInternational Peace & Conflict ResolutionM.A.2004
University of RochesterCultural AnthropologyB.A.2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Families ConferenceInternational Child Relocation2015
Family Law UniversityAdvanced Best Interest Attorney Issues: When Things Are A Mess… Spotting Risk Factors, Human Trafficking, Dud Parents and More!”2015
International Law WeekendImplementation and Realization of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children2014
Co-Presenter1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention2014
ABA International Families ConferenceMediating International Children’s Cases: Best Practices, Cultural Implications, and Legal Concerns2014
Mediator TrainingInternational Family Mediation Training2013
Association for Conflict Resolution Family TeleseminarInternational Parental Abduction Mediation2013
ABA Dispute Resolution Spring MeetingInternational Mediation: What Makes it Different2013
International Law WeekendInternational Family Law Update2012
Continuing Education ProgramInternational parental child abduction, relocation and custody cases2011
Annual MeetingCross Border Disputes: Mediating International Custody, Relocation, and Child Abduction2011
Annual MeetingUpdate on Mediation of International Family Matters2011
Annual ConferenceCollaboration among professional in international child protection cases2011
TeleconferenceMediating International Parental Abduction Cases2010
Maryland Mediators ConventionCross-Border Disputes: Mediating International Relocation, Abduction and Custody2010
International Law WeekendMediating International Parental Abduction Cases2010
Centre for Family Law and PracticeMediating International Parental Kidnapping Cases in the United States: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Mediators on the Front Lines2010
American Bar Association Brown BagMediating International Parental Child Abduction Cases2010