Melissa M. Pearce
Melissa is the child of parents, who divorced in the 1970s when divorce was still unpopular. Children back then did not tell their friends that their parents had divorced as it was "the secret" to keep. Her parents often fought over the children. Melissa still remembers some bitter fights over her father's activities with the children during his very limited parenting time. Back then, he only saw the children for four (4) hours every other Sunday. There were no overnight visits and holidays were not even considered. These childhood memories of having divorced parents affected her for years, and even after she had married. Melissa believed that every divorce was like her parents. She never wanted to put her children through the fighting that she endured as a child. These memories affected her so deeply that Melissa would not divorce her husband for several years, because she was afraid to do the same thing to her children. After she found the strength and courage to file for divorce, Melissa found a system that was not friendly to people, who were filing on their own. She was treated rudely by court staff, who assumed that since Melissa was not an attorney that she possibly could not read and understand the law. Once Melissa hired an attorney, the attitudes she encountered were completely different. Little did court staff know that Melissa was orchestrating a lot of the action as she had very little funds to pay her attorney's fees. Melissa learned from her parents an important lesson – to never talk badly to or about the children's father. Children have a right to the father's love and the mother's love.
This experience prompted her to make a difference. No one should be treated like this when a marriage is falling apart. The emotional stress alone from a failed marriage is enough to bear; no one should have to be treated with rudeness as well from court staff. This led her to pursuing a paralegal degree and then a law degree. Melissa knew she also wanted to work in family law and help individuals use the divorce process to ignite a change in their lives and the lives of their children for the better.
Melissa is not only an attorney, but also a counselor of law. She educates her clients on the impacts of divorce on the children and what the client can do to minimize the impact. Melissa stresses the fact that children are children and should never be involved in the divorce process, even if an adult child.
Her other passion is protecting civil rights, particularly the Second Amendment. Without our civil rights, we are no longer the land of the free. The Second Amendment is important to her as it is the one Amendment that has the ability to defend the other nine in the Bill of Rights. Melissa did not grow up with firearms as a big part of her family. However, as a child, her father taught Melissa how to shoot alongside her brothers.
After September 11, 2001, Melissa became more involved in firearms and protecting our rights. Our country is no different than any other country in the world that has terrorist threats on a constant basis. September 11th taught her that. It was only a matter of time before someone would find the weak link in our armor. This country was founded by men and women willing to fight for it. The country will survive because there are still men and women willing to defend it. Melissa works with firearm owners to protect their rights to own firearms and preserving the firearms for generations to come.
Melissa M. Pearce is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the Eastern District Court of Michigan Federal Bar, which allows for representing or defending clients at both the state and federal level.