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Melanie K. Reichert joined the Family Law Group at Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C. in August 2004. With training inmediation and collaborative law (“no court divorce”), she emphasizes making every effort to resolve family conflict during divorce without costly and devastating litigation. However, she is also an experienced family law litigatorwho frequently assists clients in hearings addressing complicated custody matters, jurisdictional issues, child and spousal support, allegations of child abuse or neglect, allegations of domestic violence, and property distribution. Melanie helps children find permanency by assisting their foster parents, relatives or step parents in completing adoptions. She also helps individuals attempt to avoid future conflict by drafting premarital agreements, wills, simple trusts and other basic estate documents. Melanie advocates for children as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in both Marion and Hamilton Counties.


Prior to joining Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C., Melanie was a partner at an Indianapolis law firm and served as a part time judicial officer in Marion County Circuit Court, paternity division. She is married with three children.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Family: 75%
    17 years
  2. Mediation: 20%
    9 years
  3. Estate Planning: 5%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($150-300/hour), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Catherine Berg Stafford

    I have great respect for Melanie. When she's on the other side of a case, I trust that she's speaking truth to her client, I trust that she knows the law and the lay of the land, and I trust that she will work with me and my client to negotiate in good faith.

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    Catherine Stafford Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Broyles, Kight & Ricafort, LLP

8250 Haverstick Road
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN, 46240

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing199808/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in IN, 2004

    updated

    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Melanie’s comment: “I learned a tremendous amount from having a disciplinary complaint. I now serve as a hearing office in attorney discipline cases, appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court.”

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Selected as Hearing Officer for Attorney Discipline CasesIndiana Supreme Court2011
Distinguished FellowIndianapolis Bar Foundation2011
Pro Bono Attorney Service AwardChild Advocates2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselBroyles Kight & Ricafort, PC2004 - Present
PartnerNewton Becker Reichert2002 - 2004
CommissionerMarion County Circuit Court, Paternity Division2001 - 2004
AssociateLewis & Kappes, PC1999 - 2002

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Indianapolis Bar FoundationBoard Member2013 - Present
Hamilton County Bar AssociationSecretary2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationPresenter in 20142012 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsBoard Member--Indiana Chapter, Secretary2012 - Present
Central Indiana Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsPresident (2013-2015), President Elect (2011-2013)2011 - Present
Indianapolis Bar AssociationBar Leader Series Graduate2008 - 2009
Indianapolis Bar AssociationSection Chair, Committee Chair, Bench Bar Co-Chair1998 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Brinkmann v. BrinkmannReversed in favor of client
Nelson v. NelsonReversed in favor of client

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Family Advocate (ABA)Authenticating Facebook Posts, Photos and Other Evidence2015

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Millikin UniversityEnglish/HistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Spring ConferenceDivision of Assets in the Digital Age2014
Meeting of MembersDebunking Common Misconceptions of Collaborative Law2014
CLEMental Health Professionals in Family Law Cases2013
CLEIndiana Family Law Arbitration2012
CLEEvidence: Is it in or is it out?2012
CLEEffective Use of Custody Evaluations in Divorce2011
CLEAdvanced Issues in Divorce2010
CLEJurisdiction in Family Law Cases2010
CLEPitfalls of International Adoptions for Paralegals2009
CLEAdvanced Family Law2009
CLESexual Abuse Allegations in Family Law Cases2008
CLEHelping Clients Through Difficult Custody Cases2008
Bench Bar ConferenceCollaborative Law2008