Melody J. King

Litigation Attorney, Family Law
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email mjking@wardandsmith.com
828.348.6014 Fax 828.348.6077
Post Office Box 2020, Asheville, NC 28802-2020

Melody is an experienced litigation attorney well-versed in the intricacies of family law. She offers a tailored approach for each client's unique needs and objectives in sensitive and complex matters such as property division pursuant to North Carolina's equitable distribution statute, spousal support/alimony, child custody and child support, and divorce proceedings. 

Melody has received high level training in family law trial advocacy and litigation through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. This intensive training focuses on complex equitable distribution and support matters, including a focus on evaluation and distribution of businesses and examining expert witnesses for complex equitable distribution and child custody cases. 

Beyond litigation services, Melody also counsels clients through premarital and post-marital agreements, as well as separation and property settlement agreements.

Outside of her family law practice, Melody also provides clients with comprehensive litigation services in a variety of commercial, business, and community association disputes.

Melody is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Florida.

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 2017
  • B.A., University of Florida, 2012

Representative Experience

  • Successfully arguing for an unequal distribution of assets in favor of her client in an equitable distribution case.
  • Representing a client in an equitable distribution action dividing student loan debt.
  • Helping clients negotiate a Premarital Agreement to protect the family business and real property purchased before the marriage.
  • Representing a client in a UCCJEA jurisdictional dispute relating to child custody for parties living in different states to determine the appropriate state to litigate the underlying custody action.
  • Representing a client in custody proceeding resulting in change of permanent custody.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Harry C. Martin Inns of Court
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Western North Carolina Chapter President (2020-22)
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Family Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Pisgah Legal Services' Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, Highlands Circle Member

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2018
  • North Carolina, 2017

About Me

I was born and raised in DeLeon Springs, Florida, and relocated to Asheville after college, where I met my fiancé and reside with my two cats, Whiskey and Winnie. I enjoy everything outdoors in Western North Carolina, as well as Asheville's vibrant restaurant and brewery scene. In my spare time, if I am not enjoying everything Asheville has to offer, I am working on my 1909 house project or riding my Peloton. After much practice on my Peloton, I am ready to try mountain biking!

An attorney‑client relationship may only be established through direct attorney‑to‑client communication that is confirmed by the execution of an engagement agreement. The content of any unsolicited email sent to Ward and Smith, P.A., or to any of its attorneys at an email address available on this website, will not create an attorney‑client relationship and the contents of such unsolicited email shall not be considered confidential. Therefore, do not use this website or the email addresses available on this website to provide confidential information about yourself or a legal matter to Ward and Smith or any of its attorneys.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2022
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 2022

Subscribe to Ward and Smith