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Melody M. Petitt

Divorce and separation Attorney at Addison, TX

4.4   21 reviews

About Melody

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Melody Petitt is an experienced family law attorney, licensed in the state of Texas. She successfully owned and operated her own firm in Beaumont, Texas for 14 years. In this position, she negotiated and tried many cases throughout the southeast region of Texas. Prior to opening her own firm, Melody worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the child support division of the Texas Attorney General’s office.

As an attorney handling divorce, custody and other family law cases, Melody understands that this can be a time of high stress and anxiety. Her goal in representation is providing clients with an accurate legal analysis of the facts and laws relevant to each client’s case so that clients are able to make informed decisions. Melody has a passion for helping families in their time of need and she values building trust with her clients and always being honest with them.

Melody Petitt is a graduate of Baylor University School of Law. During her time at Baylor, she was a member of the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society. 

Licensed for 20 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Melody

Scott H. Palmer, PC
15455 Dallas Parkway
Suite 540
Addison, TX, 75001

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Taylor | November 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
Melody was easy to work with, listened to what I had to say, and helped me navigate a complicated divorce. Her knowledge of the law made it easy to feel confident in our case. She was very professional and could not have been more thorough. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great attorney who is willing to fight for you.
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Posted by Darryl | April 6, 2022
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Out State Guardian!!
As a single father living in a different t state, Melody was knowledgeable about Family Law regarding my specific circumstance. She was personable and well versed in jurisdictional law in Texas and interprets the law similarly to the Court. Melody was respectful of my want to minimize cost but did not cut corners either. Melody and her staff was was communicative throughout the process. You will not find a better attorney than Melody Petitt!
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Posted by Tomas | January 13, 2022
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Melody Saved my case
When Melody took over my case, it was going nowhere, the previous attorney had done nothing for months but allow opposing counsel to stall, allowing my case to become dormant, luckily that attorney left the firm. When Melody took over she immediately began filing motions, requesting documents that previously had been denied. The outcome of my case was not all I'd hoped for, but Melody made sure I was able to maximize and make the best out of a bad situation. She was always honest, forthright, and meticulous in her handling of the case. She even pushed for the firm to credit my account for work that the previous attorney had not completed. If you want integrity, honesty, and hard work, definitely hire Melody Petitt as your counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2022
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Challenged me in all the right ways
Melody handled my case with care & logic. She challenged me when I was leading with emotional rather than logic, and understood when she needed to pull back. She was an excellent partner through the whole process, and I have already recommended her to others.
Posted by Dai | September 1, 2021
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The attorney who took the bull by the horns
You don't know what you don't know. However, you do know when something is not working out. With that said, I went through a couple of attorneys before being represented by Melody Petitt with Hargrave Family Law and that made all the difference. I will start off saying that the divorce process is like a game. And the law is the rule book, which is a constant that does not change. Where the game gets interesting are the players involved, petitioner, respondent and legal team. Every case is unique, yet some attorneys approach the process as if it's all the same. However, in my case, we were dealing with a high conflict personality; and, it cannot be taken lightly. Unlike my prior attorneys, Melody jumped on my case and took the time to really understand my situation and what we were dealing with. She took the time to educate me on the law and how it applied in my situation, whether it was something I wanted to hear or not. The law is the law. She knew how to deal with the opposing party. Strategy was the key, and she was prepared for anything. She earned my trust and with that trust, she help make this process tolerable. Most importantly, she was able to get my case wrapped up in a timely manner with a desirable outcome. An outcome that would not have been possible otherwise. I highly recommend Melody Petitt.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
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Smart, quick and thorough
Melody Petitt handled my case quickly and thoroughly. I was so happy with her dedication to keeping my family and I safe and getting the proper legal measures in order. She was able to get my Protective Order filed and eventually won while keeping me informed and confident through the whole thing. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
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The BEST
Simply the best lawyer I have ever had. I have had the pleasure of having her work on my case for a year. She is full of information and guidance. She is not afraid to tell you if what you think is a bad move and direct you in the right direction. She will not let you down.
Posted by Steven | May 20, 2021
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Melody is a great family lawyer
Melody and the firm's staff gave us excellent assistance in our successful effort to gain custodial control of our grandson. She guided us through the process, timely filed all documents and gave us great representation in the court proceedings.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
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Amazing results
Melody exemplifies everything that I needed in an attorney. She followed through on every aspect of what she said she would do. Along the way, she always kept my interests in mind when following up with the courts and giving me closure. All this in just a few short weeks before closing out the 2020 year during a pandemic. In my previous experiences, I've always had to chase down my attorney or come up with the solutions on my own. Melody was the exact opposite of that. Replies were very timely, and she came up with solutions prior to discussing wih me with any setbacks that would come up. My only regret is not hiring her initially several years ago.
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Posted by Josh | December 11, 2020
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Amazing
Everyone at Hargrave Family Law was tremendous throughout my custody process. Custody situations are not fun and as a father, it always seemed like an uphill battle but because of Melody and the team at Hargrave Family Law I had not the best legal representation but a group of people who had my back and made sure that my son's best interest was always THE priority. Melody and the team at Hargrave Family Law were relentless in ensuring that the job was done right and successfully. Words can't express my gratitude, thank you Melody, and everyone at Hargrave Family Law! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THINGS RIGHT!
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Posted by Debra | October 16, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer and Advocate
I was introduced to Melody Petitt through my friend, who used and highly recommended her. Melody was so patient with me and was my voice when I was so afraid. She was an excellent buffer and always “had my back”. Melody made me feel like I was important and personally cared for. She made time to communicate with me and keep me updated. She is a tough, professional attorney. Her staff was very kind and helpful. I would recommend her anytime. Thank you for your help, Melody.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2020
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Outstanding advocate
Melody was the shining beacon of hope for me from the moment she returned my call. From day 1 she made me feel valued and understood. Throughout the process she kept me up to date and communicated with me regularly. She quickly responded to e-mails, texts and phone calls and always provided useful advice. Billing was fair and there were never any surprises. She did an exceptional job setting expectations and helping me understand everything. At mediation and behind the scenes throughout this process she advocated for me and my son professionally and persuasively. I honestly don't think I could have had a better lawyer for this difficult time in my life. Cannot say enough good things about her!
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Posted by Amir | August 20, 2018
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excellent lawyer
Great firm, very knowledgeable attorney. Got the end result I wanted and could not ask for more.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
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Ms. Petit is a Life Saver!
I had contacted Melody Petit at O'Neil Wysocki law firm about a year ago regarding my divorce case. I had filed for divorce and withdrew my I-130 petition to sponsor my ex for adjustment of status to permanent residency in the United States. As a result, in efforts to either save the marriage (to gain permanent residency in the US) or take revenge (for me withdrawing her petition), I was dragged into court by my ex with false accusations of domestic violence. If domestic violence would have been proven in court by the opposing counsel, then immigration benefits could have been granted to my ex, who had previously received a deportation letter from USCIS. With Melody's hard work and dedication, along with my full cooperation, the false accusations were actually proven to be false in court. In fact, I didn’t even have to pay any kind of alimony or attorney fee’s requested by the opposing counsel. I just received my final divorce decree, all thanks to Melody! She believed in me from the very beginning, which is important to build a strong case, and fought rigorously amidst the ever growing challenges. She knew that I couldn't hurt anyone and exactly why I was being dragged into court. I was continuously updated on the status of my case, and was given honest feedback throughout it’s’ duration. At the same time, I was also comforted during these difficult times. Because she knew I was right all along, she fought for me for so long, with everything she had got. Thank you Melody for all your time and help, you're truly a life saver!
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Posted by Sarah | August 17, 2017
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Divorce
I hired Melody Petitt for my recent divorce case. I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Melody was honest with me about what a judge would decide if my ex and I couldn't settle, and she was open about the costs involved in my particular case. Melody was a great communicator throughout the entire process. She answered all my questions quickly, and she kept me informed of what was happening every step of the way.
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Posted by Natalie | February 2, 2017
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Divorce
Melody picked up my divorce case when she first joined the new law firm in Dallas. She was very detailed, personable, understanding and explained the details of my case in great depth to ensure I understood every line of my decree. I felt very comfortable discussing very personal issues with her, each time we met. I would recommend Melody to anyone i knew that was going through a divorce or seperation!
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Posted by Jermaine | April 4, 2016
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Great Lawyer
I hired Mrs. Petitt during a child custody battle for my daughter. Mrs. Petitt was straight forward and honest with me from day one. She did not tell me things that I wanted to hear just to get my business. She is very good and Knowledgeable in divorce & Separation, Family issues. I am very thankful for Mrs. Petitt. Every time we went to court. She was well prepared and professional and made you feel that she was fighting and giving her all for you. I would recommend anyone to hire Mrs. Petitt. You won't regret it!
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Posted by S | March 15, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
After having our already extremely complex custody case lost by our previous attorney, My husband hired Ms. Petitt. She worked diligently to unravel the mess we had been through. In the end my husband did get full custody of his daughter and we both think the world of Ms. Petitt. She's one tough attorney and very personable with her clients.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
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Money Pit
She may have many years under her belt. It says she has been an attorney for 19 years, but she still needs $3500 to do 10 hours of research on a custody case? In my opinion she did not know how to handle my specific case and instead of relaying that from the beginning she continued. I feel she always talked down to me and not with me. Never will recommend or use her again. I had to repeat myself many times on why certain things were done and why they happened in the past. They asked for documents that were already provided to them. They missed filing documents I already sent to them to the court. Did not give great advice at all. I have worked with attorneys for 10 years over a lot of things from all fields and this was by far the worst attorney I have had.
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Response from Melody Petitt June 21, 2021
I am accustomed to working with people through an exceptionally difficult period of time in their lives, and do what we can to help our client's prepare for the next chapter. If you have a complaint regarding legal services provided to you, please contact our office directly, so that we can have an opportunity to discuss your concerns with you. While we are unable to comment specifically regarding this case in a public forum because of client confidentiality, we invite you bring your concerns to the attention of our firm's Client Care Coordinator.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2020
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Divorce
Ill prepared, argued with a judge, spent time in court on her phone trying to have a paralegal pull information she did not do. Not impressed with how she presented herself via email or in court. Simply Awful. Do not hire.
Response from Melody Petitt September 9, 2020
I am accustomed to working with people through an exceptionally difficult period of time in their lives, and do what we can to help our client's prepare for the next chapter. If you have a complaint regarding legal services provided to you, Please contact our office directly, so that we can have an opportunity to discuss your concerns with you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hargrave Family Law
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • O'Neil Wysocki
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Zinda Law Group, PLLC
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Attorney General
  • Office of the Attorney General - Child Support Division
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Texas A&M University, Commerce
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Child Custody Dispute
  • Successfully represented father in child custody dispute
  • Interference with Child Custody
  • Obtained writ of attachment for a mother when father wrongfully withheld the child
  • Father's Rights - Child Custody
  • Obtained a decision awarding father 50/50 possession schedule of child
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Associations

  • Collin County Attorney Moms
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Anti-SLAPP
  • 2021
  • Family Law CLE
  • Polishing Your Practice Skills
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (11)
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melody is an excellent attorney. She is very experienced, is extremely knowledgeable on the law and procedure, and holds herself to the highest ethical standards. I highly recommend Melody for any family related matters."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I practiced opposite Melody in a number of cases when she practiced in SETX. She was always prepared and courteous, and she was always a zealous advocate for her clients. She’s an extremely competent attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very positive disposition!"
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melody is calm, calculated and intelligent. She is not one to shy away from a fight and she is always able to remain composed. Her experience, knowledge and passion for what she does is apparent on all of her cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Melody is a caring and thoughtful lawyer. She's not afraid of the courtroom, but counsels clients to reach agreements when it serves them best. Creative and smart... a fantastic combination!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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