EXPERIENCED & COMPASSIONATE Board Certified Family Law Attorney Melissa M. Williams specializes in family law, traditional and collaborative divorce matters

Austin Divorce Lawyer

Family Law Attorney Trusted in Travis County, Texas, for over 25 Years  

Are you facing the difficult prospect of divorce or grappling with complex family law issues in Austin, Texas? Melissa M. Williams, a board-certified family law attorney, is here to provide the compassionate support and skilled legal representation you need during this challenging time. With years of experience and a dedication to achieving favorable outcomes for her clients, Melissa has earned a reputation as one of the top family law attorneys in the Austin area.

Recognized Excellence

Melissa M. Williams has been named to the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list , a distinction reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys in Texas. Additionally, she has been recognized by Super Lawyers℠ for multiple years, further solidifying her standing as a leader in the Texas legal community. Her commitment to excellence and dedication to her clients have set her apart as a trusted advocate for those navigating divorce and other family law matters.

Whether you want to resolve your problem at the negotiating table or in court, she can handle it. You can rely on our Austin divorce attorney to effectively protect your rights and fight for your best interests.

Contact our family law firm now by calling (512) 271-2063 for an in-depth consultation with our Austin divorce lawyer.


  • Expertise Best Family Lawyers Austin 2024
  • Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers Austin 2024
  • Super Lawyer 2021
  • Superlawyers
  • Board Certified
  • Avvo

Expertise in Family Law

Whatever your family law problems may be our divorce lawyer has the skill set needed to help you resolve them quickly and efficiently. For over 25 years, Melissa M. Williams has been dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of legal representation possible. As a result, our Austin family and divorce law firm has a long track record of success as well as a comprehensive understanding of Texas family law.

Our law team can effectively guide you throughout every stage of the legal process while helping you make well-informed decisions about the future.

Services Offered

The law office of Melissa M. Williams provides a variety of services to clients facing family law issues, including but not limited to:

  • Divorce: Navigating clients through the complexities of divorce proceedings, whether contested or uncontested.
  • Child Custody and Support: Advocating for the best interests of children in custody disputes and ensuring fair child support arrangements.
  • Adoption: Assisting families with the legal process of adopting a child, including stepparent and international adoptions.
  • Cohabitation Agreements: Creating legal agreements for couples who live together but are not married, outlining responsibilities and rights.
  • Modification: Helping clients modify existing family law orders and enforce compliance with court orders.

Our law firm genuinely care about our clients and will do everything we can to help you get the results you need.

Using our personalized method of care and extensive experience, our divorce attorney in Austin will give your case the time and effort it deserves. Our divorce lawyer thoroughly prepares all our clients’ cases because we know that preparation is the key to success. Also, we will stay in constant communication with you throughout the course of your divorce case so you will always be fully up-to-date. Regardless of how difficult your situation may be, you can trust our Austin Family Law Lawyer to provide you with the proficient legal services you need.

Common Divorce and Family Law Questions

Can a Spouse Refuse a Divorce in Texas?

No, a spouse cannot legally prevent a divorce in Texas. Texas is a no-fault divorce state, so only one spouse needs to believe the relationship cannot be fixed. A judge will grant the divorce. If a spouse refuses to participate in the divorce, you can get a default divorce. You can petition the court for a default ruling.

Is Texas a 50/50 Divorce State?

Texas is considered a community property state, which often leads to the misconception that all assets are divided equally (50/50) in a divorce. However, the court aims for a division that is "just and right," which may not always result in an equal split. Melissa M. William's expertise in Texas family law ensures that her clients' rights and interests are protected during asset division.

How Long Does Divorce Take in Austin?

The duration of a divorce in Austin can vary significantly depending on whether it is contested or uncontested, the complexity of the case, and the court's schedule. An uncontested divorce may be finalized in as short as 60 days, while contested divorces can take much longer. Melissa M. Williams provides realistic timelines to her clients, helping them understand the process and set appropriate expectations.

Common Mistakes in Divorce and Family Law

Many individuals navigating divorce or family law issues make critical mistakes due to lack of information or emotional distress. These can include:

  • Failing to seek legal advice early in the process
  • Making decisions based on emotion rather than reason
  • Neglecting to gather important financial documents
  • Overlooking tax implications of property division
  • Agreeing to unfair custody or support arrangements
  • Violating court orders or failing to comply with legal requirements

By working with an experienced family law attorney like Melissa M. Williams, you can avoid these pitfalls and protect your rights throughout the legal process.

Hiring The Right Attorney Matters Why Melissa Williams
  • Creative, Proactive Approach
    We take our clients' cases very seriously and we understand that no two cases are alike. Every case is handled with an open mind and by an attorney who is here to listen to your side of the story.
  • Board Certified Family Law Attorney
    Attorney Melissa Williams has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization to practice Family Law in the state of Texas, a high honor speaking to the her dedication.
  • Specialized Focus
    There are peaceful alternatives to traditional litigation divorce. We are experienced in both traditional litigation and collaborative alternatives
  • Hands-on Advocacy
    When you hire Melissa M. Williams, you work directly with our attorney. You can rely on her to represent your case fully to the end.

Client Testimonials

The Importance of Choosing the Right Attorney

Choosing the right family law attorney is crucial to achieving a successful outcome in your divorce or family law matter. Your attorney should not only have the knowledge and experience to handle your case effectively but also possess the compassion and empathy to understand your unique needs and concerns.

Melissa M. Williams has been providing consistently high-quality legal services to clients going through a divorce for decades in Austin, Texas. Over the years, Attorney Williams accrued an extensive skill set and honed her legal abilities in and out of the family courtroom in Travis County, TX. She has helped countless people successfully resolve their family law and divorce problems, and she is ready to help you too. To learn more about how she has assisted clients and what they have to say about our legal services, feel free to read their testimonials.

Words From Our Clients

  • "Melissa Williams is an elite family law attorney. I had a contentious and taxing divorce process, and she handled it with knowledge, professionalism, and care."
    Melanie R.
  • Melissa Williams is a brilliant professional that becomes a real friend.

    Former Client
  • Melissa was the perfect lawyer!

    Denise C.
  • I highly recommend Melissa and can't thank her enough for all her help!

    Jeff D.
  • Hiring Melissa was the best decision that I made!

    Bailey B.
  • I highly recommend her legal counsel and services!

    Marty M.
  • I'm grateful for her help.


Why Contact Our Austin Family Law Firm?

Our Law Firm is Ready to Take on Your Family Law or Divorce Matter Today

We believe in a personal approach, which means that you can rely on us to see your divorce case through with creative expertise from beginning to end. Our valuable experience and notable recognition add to our credibility.

Why You Should Hire Our Divorce Lawyer in Austin, Texas:

  • 20+ years of legal experience
  • ​Comprehensive guidance through the legal process
  • Honest - we won't tell you what you want to hear but what you need to hear
  • Seeks cooperation for the best interest of your family
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Specialization
  • Multiple selections to Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠
  • 5-Star Google Rating

If you are facing divorce or dealing with other family law issues in Austin, Texas, contact Melissa M. Williams today by calling (512) 271-2063 to schedule a consultation.


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