I've practiced family law in Thurston County since 1990 and absolutely love doing it. My favorite part of this work is creatively and compassionately helping clients find a way through divorce or child custody/support issues with the least emotional and financial damage. Much of my practice is aimed at people who really don't want to destroy the other side or themselves. We work together to resolve the legal issues so you can get back to the better parts of your life with a healthy structure from whatever family law issue you have had to encounter.
In August 2008, I launched a new business, Advantage Denton Inc, which researched and finds the Right Lawyer for any person (anywhere). See AdvantageDenton.com for a lot more information.
Also see AscherDenton.com to learn about my law firm.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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Melissa's knowledge and expertise in the area of family law is second to none. She works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients and helps them to safely navigate through the often, intimidating maze of family law. She is a compassionate, caring person and passionate advocate on behalf of her clients. I endorse this lawyer.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Startup||Startup Weekend||2010|
|CEO||Advantage Denton||2008 - Present|
|Partner||Ascher & Denton, PLLC||1991 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Troy Fisher Legal Defense Team||Volunteer Legal Publicist||2012 - Present|
|The Olympia Free Clinic||General Legal Counsel||2011 - Present|
|Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation||Board Member, VP, President||2004 - 2008|
|Sound Collaboration||member||2004 - Present|
|City of Tumwater Planning Commission||Board Member||1996 - 1999|
|Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Board||Board Member||1993 - 1995|
|Thurston County Young Lawyers Association||President||1992 - 1994|
|Thurston County Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|In re Marriage of Rideout, 150 Wn.2d 337, 352-53, 77 P.3d 1174 (2003)||WA Supreme Court ruling on Contempt in Parenting|
|See all legal cases|
|University of Oklahoma College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Oklahoma||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section||One Lawyer - where one attorney helps both parties with advice to settle||2010|