Melissa Belliveau

Melissa Belliveau

I am a long-term resident of Durham Region, and am a mother to two very busy and wonderful boys.  I have been a family law lawyer in the Durham Region for more than 16 years, starting with my firm as an associate and then becoming a partner in 2012.  I have always been interested in the law and have had a longstanding passion for helping others.  I graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law where I acted as a pro bono lawyer in the correctional law project.  Prior to that, I attended the University of Guelph where I was involved with a variety of volunteer organizations and graduated with Honours in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, minoring in Psychology. 

In my practice, I provide a broad range of Family Law services to my clients.  I have been a collaborative lawyer since 2016 and I recently completed my Certificate in Family Mediation with York University.

In addition to my work with the firm, I am a member of the Board of Directors for Collaborative Practice Durham.  I have also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Grandview Children’s Foundation and was the Chair of the Foundation’s Gala Committee.  I am a member of the Legal Advisory Committee at Luke’s Place as well as Pro Bono lawyer at Luke’s Place.  I am a panel lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario. In 2018 I was appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

I believe that the Collaborative practice is the “gold standard” of dispute resolution for many families as it is a client-centered process that allows a team of professionals and neutrals to come together to assist clients in making the best decisions possible for their families.  It is an efficient, cost effective and value added approach that allows each member of the team to focus on their specific area of expertise.