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About Me

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 for a lot more information. 

Also see to learn about my law firm.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Family: 50%
    25 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    25 years
  3. Child Support: 15%
    25 years
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    25 years



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • TJ Martin

    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.


    TJ Martin Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Ascher & Denton, PLLC

2401 Bristol Ct. SW # A-101
Olympia, WA, 98502



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best StartupStartup Weekend2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CEOAdvantage Denton2008 - Present
PartnerAscher & Denton, PLLC1991 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Troy Fisher Legal Defense TeamVolunteer Legal Publicist2012 - Present
The Olympia Free ClinicGeneral Legal Counsel2011 - Present
Olympia Unitarian Universalist CongregationBoard Member, VP, President2004 - 2008
Sound Collaborationmember2004 - Present
City of Tumwater Planning CommissionBoard Member1996 - 1999
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division BoardBoard Member1993 - 1995
Thurston County Young Lawyers AssociationPresident1992 - 1994
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Marriage of Rideout, 150 Wn.2d 337, 352-53, 77 P.3d 1174 (2003)WA Supreme Court ruling on Contempt in Parenting
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Publication NameTitleDate
AdvantageDenton.comMany Cost Effective Ways to Use Lawyers2008
AscherDenton.comOur Philosophy2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of OklahomaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law SectionOne Lawyer - where one attorney helps both parties with advice to settle2010