Melissa Tapply

Melissa Tapply was admitted to the California Bar in 2002. She worked for nine years at San Francisco Superior Court, first as a Legal Research Assistant in the Civil Department and later as the Staff Attorney for the Unified Family Court. In addition to conducting legal research, she mediated financial issues between self-represented parties. Melissa also served as a Temporary Judge over family law and domestic violence matterss on an as-needed basis.

Melissa graduated cum laude from University of California Hastings College of the Law with a Public Interest Law Scholar Certificate. She was an editor of the Hastings Women's Law Journal and a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation.   She earned her B.A. from Tufts University, where she majored in Child Study and minored in Sociology.

Melissa recently relocated to Cambridge, M.A. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, hikes with her dog, and cooking.


Articles By Melissa Tapply

Who Gets the House in a California Divorce?
When it comes to the marital home, divorcing couples have a few options to distribute this valuable asset.
Move Away Cases in California
Introduction Often, after a separation or divorce, parents decide to move because they can no longer to afford to live in the same city, for a new job opportunity, or so they can be closer to extended family for financial or emotional support.