Attorney Christopher Melendez has dealt with paternity, divorce, child support, and temporary custody by an extended family member cases all over Northern Florida. As a former business manager and the son of an immigrant, he is used to starting from the bottom, working long and hard hours to get results.
Christopher Melendez graduated from Florida State University Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, Melendez stayed in Tallahassee to manage the family business where he had worked since childhood. In 2010, after obtaining over a decade of experience in small business management, Christopher left the business to attend Florida Coastal School of Law. While obtaining his law degree Christopher served as a teaching assistant for various courses, including: Florida Coastal’s Lawyering Process I (legal writing and research), Lawyering Process II, and Advanced Legal Research courses. In addition, he interned for a United States Middle District of Florida Senior Judge and earned a certificate in legal research, writing, and drafting.
Shortly after graduating cum laude from Florida Coastal School of Law and receiving his license to practice in Florida, Christopher worked for North Florida Legal Services. He assisted the indigent with government aid applications, loan modification documents, and defending debt collection and eviction proceedings. In early 2014 he moved to south Florida to work in Mortgage Foreclosure Defense and in 2015 Melendez returned to Tallahassee to provide affordable immigration, bankruptcy, and family law services to residents of Leon and surrounding counties. Joining The Virga Law Firm, P.A. in 2016, Christopher brings years of conflict resolution experience that he acquired as a business manager, superb legal writing, and a dedication to thorough research. This lends to his previous legal experience in saving both homes and families in counties all over the state of Florida.
In 2017, attorney Melendez successfully defended multiple contempt cases against parents filed by the department of revenue, helping these parents keep their freedom, and retain or reinstate their Florida Driver’s License. For those that had suffered hardship and job loss, he assisted them further in getting their child support payments lowered to something they could afford.
Furthermore, earlier this year, Christopher successfully obtained majority time sharing for a concerned father who faced a great deal of uncertainty when his son’s mother informed him she would be relocating to her cult’s compound in Texas. The implication being the father would never see his son again. Christopher was quick to act and was able to gran the child’s father full custody, with the mother receiving supervised visitation until the court decides otherwise.