At one point, the two of you were a happy duo; either as a cute couple who were in love, dating to see if you were meant to be, or a fun fling who enjoyed each other for a season. At some point, things were different. Then something happened. The person who you were once so in love with, spent so much time with, had so much fun with, and enjoyed so much became just the opposite. Now, the vibe between you is awful, you don’t see things the same way, you don’t get along very well, and can’t seem to reach an agreement on anything. And to put the icing on the cake, unlike when you first met, you now have a child with this person or are married to them, so walking away without second thought about what happens next is impossible.
You now have to share time with your child between two households, someone has to move out, someone must assume financial obligations, property must be divided, the kids have to live somewhere,your pension you’ve been saving for years and other assets may be up for grabs, you have to find a way explain this to your children, family, and friends, counseling (for one and/or all of you) may be necessary…
Everything is changing and at times, it may feel like you have no control over what’s happening!
WE CAN HELP YOU
We help you make this less complicated. We educate you about the child custody/ support, or divorce process so you don’t feel like you’re in the dark and so you can feel confident in the moves you make.
With a primary focus on complex Child Custody and Visitation matters, The Law Office of Merissa V. Grayson provides matchless legal services to clients throughout the state of California in all areas of Family Law.
But we aren’t like any other firm for many reasons, mainly, because we push the boundaries of the legal industry’s idea of what legal representation should encompass. With our innovative practices, we guide our clients through the legal process, helping them make decisions that are most practical based on their unique circumstances, all while advocating to help them achieve optimal results.
We personally represent clients in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside counties, and in select cases, Northern California counties.
We handle the following types of cases:
WHAT SETS US APART?
With the large number of lawyers out there available for hire, you’re probably asking yourself, “Why should I hire YOU over them?” That’s a great question!
Below are some of the unique benefits and value you receive by working with me.
01. I AM NOT TYPICAL.
This is not your typical California Family Law Firm. From our customer service and the way we manage our clients, to our service and billing structure and the resources we share, we push the boundaries of the legal industry’s idea of what legal representation should look like. For this reason, many of my competitors are unhappy with me, but that’s all right, because my clients are very happy.
02. I RELATE.
Many people are surprised to learn that in many ways I am just like them. Although I am a successful professional, I am also married with three children and very family-oriented – which means, like you, when I’m working, I am focused and tackle my work day with integrity and passion. But also like you, I enjoy being able to participate in my children’s extra-curricular activities and family events after the work day is done. I believe in the importance of family and I’ve been told that’s one of the reasons why I’m so good at what I do
My oldest child is my stepson, who lives with us full-time. I know what it feels like to go thru a custody battle or fight for child support. I also know what it takes to turn divided family conflict into what feels like magic – homes filled with harmony, peace, and love.
I, my family members, or close friends have personally dealt with almost every aspect of family law that you can think of. I am able to bring both my real life and legal experience to the table; you name it, there’s a strong chance I have first or second-hand experience with that situation. I try to treat every case as if it were my own, and work hard to help my clients through these situations to achieve the best possible outcome.
03. I SHARE.
One of my focuses has always been to provide information to people that typically isn’t shared by lawyers. One thing I understand is that, while most lawyers keep their legal knowledge to themselves (after all, our knowledge is essentially our money maker), doing this only makes things more complicated for the client. My purpose in life is to make the lives of families less-complicated. So, whether you’re one of my clients or someone who is simply browsing my site online, one thing is for sure, you will have many opportunities to learn from me. Interested? Check out my resources.
04. I AM CONNECTED.
One of the major complaints made by those who are unsatisfied with their Lawyers is that they cannot get in touch with them when they need them. My clients don’t have that problem. I don’t believe in keeping my clients in the dark; I understand that communication with me is key so they can feel confident in every move they make.
As my client, you are not simply assigned a number and handed off to other attorneys or legal staff, only to rarely hear from me directly. While I do have an amazing team that supports me, I will personally work with you and get to know you and your situation, and how I can help. Because of the solid relationships I build with my clients, I am able to provide more personalized, non-traditional services, catering to clients in ways that most Lawyers won’t:
- By design, I have a limited case load that I have hand-picked myself. While I firmly believe that I can be a great attorney for anyone, I am not the attorney for everyone. Although I could, like many lawyers, accept 100’s of cases at one time, I believe quality representation is more important than quantity, and the way I provide this, is by limiting the number of cases I accept.
- My clients are like family – we talk, we text, we email, they attend my events, I attend theirs, and in many cases, we keep in touch once their case is resolved.
- We conveniently video chat, meet at restaurants, and in select cases, the client’s home, etc. to confidentially discuss their case as needed.
- My clients never have to wonder “what’s going on” in their case because they receive regular updates from our team, copies of all important items, and have access to their case file via their secure online client portal.
05. I MAKE FEES SIMPLE.
Most Family Law Attorneys charge by the hour. In California, this could range anywhere between $200-800+ per hour! In my opinion, the concept of hourly billing is often tainted by the goal of maximizing dollars (by overbilling and underperforming). I decided that the focus of my practice is better spent on our clients, not billing. That’s why I implemented a flat fee system. This means that my clients pay a flat fee for each stage of work that is done on their case, regardless of the number of hours we put in. This is a win-win situation; you’ll always know exactly what every decision and move costs before you make it – no more surprising bills showing balances due that you didn’t anticipate, and we don’t have to exhaust valuable time and resources trying to keep up with hours.
06. I FOCUS.
This is predominantly a Family law practice. My forte is complex Child Custody & Visitation, but I also handle other family law matters. My entire team is passionate about it; we live it, we breathe it, and oftentimes surprise many by achieving results for our clients they think are farfetched. At the same time, we always keep it real, ensuring that our clients are clear on their expectations and have a realistic sense of the pros and cons of their particular situation.
Although Family Law is my practice focus, because I am also an Entrepreneur, running a business legally is another area of law in which I’m very knowledgeable and provide limited legal services and education. You can find out more at my Business & Branding Law Page.
MEET MERISSA V. GRAYSON
Hi! I’m Merissa V. Grayson, a Wife, Mom, and Step-Mom who wears many other hats, all with one common goal – to transform families and lives around the world.
I’m known as “America’s Blended Family Expert,” a role that I didn’t seek, but one that I’m honored to serve in.
Part of becoming an expert comes from personal experience. As a stepmom, my husband and I co-parent daily with my stepson’s mother, but trust me – it has been a journey. We’ve been through ups and downs, fights and frustrations, confusion, sadness, and admittedly even anger that can surround divided and blended families. So, when I say, “You’re not alone and I understand where you are,” . . . I mean it. But, after personally having to navigate through the legal system and more than eight years of trial and error, I have figured out the most practical methods to co-parent successfully, even when it seems impossible. Each day I share with others how to implement these methods into their daily lives, so that like my situation, your situation can drastically change and your family can experience what feels like magic – two separate, yet compatible homes filled with love.
The flip side of becoming an expert comes from my Professional experience. As a Family Law Attorney, I help my clients resolve their legal problems related to child custody, child support, or divorce by collaborating and representing them in court. As a private Family Law Mediator, I help parents work together to reach an agreement that works best for their divided family. And as a Co-parenting coach, I provide guidance and set goals to help parents move forward and smoothly transition or peacefully exist as a divided/blended family.
I’m also an Author. My ground-breaking series, The Business of Co-Parenting, was written for parents who are struggling with either making the transition into a Divided/Blended Family or struggling with co-parenting peacefully to help build a better future for their families.
Passionate about educating and inspiring people, I’m frequently invited to speak at conferences, workshops, schools, churches, legal clinics, non-profits, and many other organizations on topics related to family, business, and self-development. I also facilitate educational and legal seminars and workshops to raise awareness throughout the community and to encourage individuals to be proactive in their personal and legal affairs.
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What Our Clients Say
“Miss. Grayson provided sound advice and assisted in me taking a realistic approach to resolve a tempered child custody case. I felt very comfortable working with her, she really helped to not make mistakes out of frustration and anger. She always made herself available through the constantly changing situation, was very supportive of our time difference, as I’m currently stationed in Japan and showed great effort in working toward the resolution I desired from the case.She exhibited a great deal of professionalism, and even at times assisted me in maintaining my own.I am very satisfied with the progress we have made thus far, and am very grateful for her assistance in re-uniting me and son after nearly 10 years. I wouldn’t think twice about recommended her to friends and family that seek a lawyer to resolve legal issues.”
“MY EXPERIENCE WITH MS. GRAYSON WAS GREAT SHE REALLY CARES ABOUT WHAT IS THE BEST INTEREST OF THE KIDS IN A DIVORCE. I RECOMMEND HER TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SHE IS INDEED THE BEST– SHE TAKES PRIDE IN HER WORK AND SIMPLY DOES HER BEST TO HELP YOU OUT. BEST!! BEST!! BEST!!.”
“I’ve known Merissa for several years. She volunteered with me at a free legal clinic and was always on time and eager to help those in need. When I was time for me to file for divorce, she challenged me to seriously consider whether my marriage could be saved and, when I concluded that it could not, she provided stellar counsel through the process. It was such a benefit to have someone in my corner not just to give legal advice, but also moral support. I recommend her to anyone with a family law issue.”
“Merissa is an exceptional attorney because not only is she an excellent legal advocate, she possesses genuine compassion for her clients and utilizes her personal experiences when making calculated strategic decisions in defense of her clients. I have had the privilege of benefiting from her willingness to stand up and challenge the injustices that many of us, unfortunately, must face on occasion. I strongly recommend her as an attorney!”
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