Melissa J. Needle

Melissa J. Needle: Attorney with Needle | Cuda
  • Partner at Needle | Cuda (3 Attorneys)
  • 830 Post Road East, Suite 101, Westport, CT 06880
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Attorney Melissa Needle is a lifetime resident of Connecticut. She was born in New Haven and raised in Fairfield. Her family has deep roots in Connecticut and she is a third-generation attorney. (Her father is the well-known transactional lawyer Charles Needle of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper of Bridgeport.) Since her admission to the bar in 1990, Ms. Needle has practiced matrimonial law exclusively. She has been an active family law litigator and many of the cases in which she has appeared involve issues including the division of high net worth estates, complex family businesses, highly contested custody, and requests for child relocation. Before launching her own practice and subsequently jointly forming Needle & Cuda, Melissa accumulated substantial experience at several leading Fairfield County family law firms. She is well-known in Connecticut courts as a fair fighter with high principles and integrity who does not shy away from litigation if that path is the best opportunity for her client to reach an equitable solution. Melissa understands that divorce is not just about the dissolution of marriage or stop-gap solutions but helping clients to plan for the rest of their lives. She resides in Wesport, CT with her husband and has three children.


Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018

AVVO Clients’ Choice Award 2018

AVVO Top Attorney 2018

Areas of Practice (32)

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Spousal Support
  • Alimony
  • Visitation Rights
  • Pre-Marital Agreements
  • Family Law
  • Restraining Orders
  • Mediation
  • Child Support
  • Fathers’ Rights
  • Marital Asset Division
  • Marital Property Division
  • Legal Custody
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Relocation
  • Post Judgment Modification and Enforcement
  • Separation Agreements
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Paternity
  • Alternative Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Prenup
  • Postnup
  • Spousal Abuse and Divorce
  • Substance Abuse and Divorce
  • Earning Capcity and Divorce
  • Business Valuations and Divorce
  • High Asset Division and Divorce
  • Celebrity Divorce
  • Privacy and Divorce
  • Infidelity and Divorce

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
203-349-2066  Phone
(203) 557-9500  Phone
University Attended:
Tufts University, B.A., 1987
Law School Attended:
Whittier College School of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
1990, Connecticut; 1991, New York
American, Connecticut and Fairfield County Bar Associations.

Peer Reviews

Westport, Connecticut

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