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Melissa Sanford

Family Attorney at Fayetteville, GA

4.8   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 23 years
    Maryland - MD 17 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2000
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2007
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Family
    I represent clients who need help in every type of family law case, including divorce and separation, child support and child custody matters, legitimation, paternity, adoption and any other domestic-related case.

    20 years

  3. Child custody

  4. Criminal defense
    I am a former prosecutor and have practiced criminal law in Georgia for over twelve years. Call me if you, are someone you love, is arrested or cited in Fayette, Spalding, Henry, Coweta, Clayton, Pike or Upson Counties.

    24 years


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Sanford Law Firm
101 Devant St, Suite 801
Fayetteville, GA, 30214-2718


4.8 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Kassy | April 14, 2017
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She has my heartiest recommendation! A++, it doesn’t get any better.
I have again turned to Melissa Sanford to assist me. She is definitely a top notch lawyer and a much needed asset to the community; she fights fair and just, she fights for what is right. Her responsiveness, knowledge and authenticity during my divorce case kept me stable and successful. I always felt that my needs were met and that she was invested in me and my case. Thank you for your professionalism, your quick responses, and for your wiliness to help. Melissa Sanford is a terrific attorney and a consummate professional who genuinely cared about my case and the way she provided her services. She has my heartiest recommendation! A++, it doesn’t get any better.
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Posted by Chris | March 14, 2017
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Excellent and so easy to work with
My partner and I are getting married and Melissa helped us with our wills, living wills, and other matters. She was so easy to work with and she provided stellar and professional advise. I will recommend her and her firm to all my friends. She is a quality and honest lawyer.
Posted by Diana | March 25, 2022
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The best lawyer ever
Melissa helped me win a very complicated custody battle against my Ex husband. She kept it very professional and helped me win this case. I think she is the best and I would have not won this case without her knowledge and experience.
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2021
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I watched this woman in court...
Ms. Sanford delivered an immaculate performance in court for my friend. She (friend) was in an ugly custody battle with an ex and she held her hand every step of the way. She came prepared for every hearing, was extremely organized both clerically and mentally as she made her points in court. She fought like a lion for her and her children. She is very passionate and quick on her feet. I know that if I ever need something legally I'm coming straight to her. She mic drops like a boss!
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Posted by Katlyn | January 18, 2021
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Do not look any further!
I cannot even begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for Melissa. My court proceedings have gone on for a year now. It didn't matter if it was 10:00 at night. Melissa always answers her phone. She has been the calm to my storm. After more than four court dates (not by her fault) I was able to receive everything I asked for in my order. not only was she there for legal support but she supported me emotionally through the whole thing. I've actually continued to recommend her to family and friends and she has been there fully for them as well. I could not be more grateful to someone like her in my life! It actually almost brings me to tears to think about how much she has done for me. Melissa you are amazing! I'm not sure how you felt about our victory in court but to me you are the prosecutor in New York XXX
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Posted by Merle | November 11, 2020
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She's simply the best ! !
I retained Melissa on the advice of several other knowledgeable and local attorneys. We then embarked together on a year long divorce process that ended with a week-long court hearing. I honestly can not imagine how I could have made it through without the support of her and her staff. I had no idea that a divorce could get so crazy and we had to go up against one of the most reputable divorce lawyers in the area. Melissa's knowledge of law; her knowledge of the local court system; her knowledge of the other law practice; her experience and her determination all came together to lead my case to a solid victory. I am so thankful for Melissa. She truly took the basket of lemons that life handed me and helped me make the best tasting lemonade we could. Merle
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Posted by Marisa | January 28, 2019
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Melissa was amazing!
We were unhappy with our current lawyer, we felt like he was not fighting for us or the children involved. We called around and were able to do a phone conference with Melissa while out of town visiting family. Once we talked to her, she jumped right into our case. We were fighting for custody of my husband's children, she took all of our concerns to heart, she reached out to the guardian, she dealt with the opposing counsel, she truly began to fight for the children and for us! She made us feel very comfortable, answered all of our questions, and addressed our concerns regarding court. The opposing counsel kept trying to get the case pushed back further but Melissa kept on top of everything and we finally got our court date. She was very knowledgeable of our case, she remembered our facts, she made sure to make our concerns known to the judge regarding custody of the children being with the mother. Once we received the final order and my husband received custody of his children, she was still available for us, through a possible appeal, to the motion for new trial that the judge denied - even up to the date of the change of custody - we were always able to reach out to Melissa and get advice or clarification on anything. She was invaluable to us and the children involved. We cannot say good enough things about Melissa and what she did for our family!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2019
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Divorce client
Ms. Sanford did an excellent job for me during my divorce proceedings. She was honest about what was realistic and what I could expect when going to mediation. She kept costs in mind and would not allow the sessions or meetings with the other attorney to deal out running up my bill. She has assisted me with residual issues after the finalization of my divorce and has been very supportive. Her goal was clearly to help me and my kids through a very difficult life situation. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2019
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well prepared lawyer
Handled case well. Was well prepared and handled communication and documents in a timely manner.
Posted by Mindy | January 10, 2019
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Very Highly Recommended - Couldn't ask for a better person in your corner
Melissa was there for myself and my son from the very beginning. She was very patient and understanding with us through a very difficult time. She listened to both myself and my son and was kind and encourging. She walked us through what to expect and was very knowledgeable and communicative. Melissa's experience combined with her kindness and understanding of what her clients are going through makes her the best person to have in your corner. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
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Ethical, Hardworking, Reliable
Our experience working with Melissa Sanford has been all positive. She's experienced, knowledgeable and committed to her clients. She will not back down and will fight for what's right. We highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
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Okay...but slow and bumpy
Melissa knows law. She is smart and savvy. She was aggressive in helping me with my divorce to the point of pushing the envelope towards conflict with my ex that wasn't really that important to me. She likes to talk on the phone more than text or email because it "eliminates unnecessary paper trails" which wasn't easy for me given my job. It takes a very long time to get email and phone call responses from her - even for quick/small matters. Her style is calculated, aggressive and loud. A showman -- or showlady -- in court. In the end, she got the job done, but it could have been smother. Good luck.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sanford Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Coe Law Offices
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Thienel Law Firm, LLC
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Hall County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2005
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  • Villanova University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2000
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • N/A
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Melissa
Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa and I were opposing counsel on a family law case once. Now I send anyone looking for a family law attorney directly to her. She's excellent and aggressive while still being respectful of the other party. If I needed a divorce attorney, I'd call her first."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a highly skilled, competent lawyer. I recommend her without hesitation to anyone who needs a family lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Fayetteville Family Lawyer Melissa Sanford
Melissa Sanford
Family Attorney
Fayetteville, GA
Licensed for 23 years