Melanie J. Wender
Melanie Wender concentrates her practice in all aspects of Pennsylvania divorce and family law in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. She is experienced in all issues surrounding the complexities of a divorce, such as equitable distribution, custody, spousal support, child support, and settlement agreements. Ms. Wender has successfully resolved complex custody cases ranging from unmarried same-sex couples to custody agreements between long-distance parents. She is also experienced in adoption issues and has assisted many clients in making the process and paperwork as seamless and smooth as possible.
Outside of her professional work, she welcomes opportunities to support nonprofit and charitable work that is important to the community at large. She has volunteered her time and expertise for such causes as Protection from Abuse actions in Bucks County, the Mazzoni Legal Center, which provides health care and legal services to members of the LGBT community, and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Program, where she represents abused and neglected children.
Ms. Wender has successfully handled complex custody cases ranging from unmarried same-sex couples to custody agreements between long distance parents. Involved in the community, Ms. Wender volunteers regularly for Protection from Abuse actions in Bucks County, the Mazzoni Legal Center, and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Program, where she represents abused and neglected children.
After graduating cum laude from Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Ms. Wender continued her education at Villanova University School of Law. She served as the environmental hearing board editor for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and managing editor of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. She also participated in Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, a law office staffed by students. Her work there was recognized with the Joseph R. Wenk Award, which is presented to the graduating student who made the greatest contribution to the clinic.
While at Villanova, Ms. Wender published an article for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal entitled, “Goodbye Family Farms and Hello Agribusiness: The Story of How Agricultural Policy is Destroying the Family Farm and the Environment.” She authors for legal industry publications whenever possible.
When not practicing law, Ms. Wender enjoys reality television (and tweeting about it); listening to podcasts; reading, spending time with her family and friends; and eating her husband’s cooking.
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