Attorney Profile

Tara Y. Melton, was born Tara Y. Dudley in Pensacola, Florida.  She graduated from Booker Taliaferro Washington High School where she was dually enrolled at Pensacola Junior College.   From there she matriculated to Florida A & M University where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Agri-business with a minor in economics.  Tara earned her J.D. from The Florida State University College of Law.

Tara is licensed to practice law in three states: Florida, Maryland and Indiana. Much of her career has been in the areas of child welfare and family law.  She has been an advocate for children as their legal counsel as well as counsel for the Florida Department of Children & Families.  Tara elevated to become the Supervising Attorney of Sub-District 2A of the Department of Children & Families.  In this position she supervised legal offices in 6 Florida counties.

Tara relocated to Indianapolis in 2007, with her husband, James D. Melton after he retired from over 20 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force.  She has been a proud military wife who has great respect and admiration for the service our service men and women provide to and for our country.

Tara was employed as a staff attorney at the law firm of Lee, Cossell, Kuehn & Love, LLP from 2008- 2011.  While her area of concentration was family law, she handled all types of civil litigation.    In addition she has served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Center Township Small Claims Court since 2009 and she assists the Fathers & Families Resources Center with their program for fathers who have children who have been placed in foster care or relative placement after being adjudicated Children in Need of Services (CHINS).

Tara is a member of several bar associations, local and national.  She is also very active in the community as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Raphael Health Center and a member of Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tara is happily and gratefully married and has three beautiful children who are her joy and greatest inspiration to lead with good morals, ethics and integrity because she believes that is the best example to set before them.

I believe in treating people the way I want to be treated.  I don’t believe in overcharging my clients, because I value and respect them and want them to remain my clients.  Most people do not save for legal expenses and most families don’t envision themselves in domestic litigation.  While Court’s don’t administer emotional justice, I want to be the advocate that you trust and believe will fight for what is just and right for you. ”