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Melissa Jo Ann Houghtaling

Melissa Jo Ann Houghtaling

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Estate Planning

About Me

In family law matters, arriving at a fair and equitable solution that meets your family’s needs is the goal. Getting there involves experience, strategy, and collaboration. I work closely with clients to help you navigate the overwhelming litigation and alternative dispute resolution options. I will take the time to thoroughly explain each option, so you are confident and comfortable making the necessary decisions in your case.


I believe that good representation requires timely responses, active listening, and clear communication.  I work with clients to develop a plan that will work for your unique family.  Additionally, I understand the value of your dollar and the economic constraints families face during times of turmoil so I strive to work both effectively and efficiently for you.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    7 years
  2. Child Custody: 45%
    7 years
  3. Estate Planning: 5%
    7 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Rebecca Jean Heltzer

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Rebecca Heltzer Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

413 Wacouta St #430
St Paul, MN, 55101



MNAuthorized to practice200706/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top LGBT Attorneys Under 40National LGBT Bar Association2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Shareholder/ AttorneyHeltzer & Houghtaling, P.A.2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorInver Hills Community College2011 - Present
Associate AttorneyHeltzer & Burg, P.L.C.2007 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Ramsey County Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Minnesota Lavender Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Third Party VisitationThird party was granted visitation with the minor child every other weekend and one overnight per week along with some holiday and vacation time.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Lavender MagazineMarriage Equality in Minnesota for the Already Married2013
Minnesota CLEMinnesota Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families2010


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJuris Doctor2007
Hamline UniversitySociology/ Women's Studies/ ReligionBachelor of Arts2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Hamline UniversityLegal Research and Writing2013
Family Law Section Continuing Legal EducationMinnnesota's Marriage History2012