Mellon & Spies

Mellon & Spies

Iowa City Law Firm With 37 Years Experience and a Solid Reputation

Firm Overview

Lawyers are skilled litigators handling family law, criminal defense and civil matters
The law firm of Mellon Spies & Pavelich has 37 years of experience handling criminal defense, family law and trial law. We have extensive experience litigating and are frequently sought after through referrals. Our office is located in Iowa City and our practice extends throughout Eastern Iowa.

Areas of the law the attorneys at Mellon & Spies can help you with include:
-Family law
-Domestic relations
-Criminal law
-Civil trial

Lawyers are prepared to take your case to court
Many attorneys can prepare a case, but it takes a high level of skill and experience to bring a case to a successful conclusion in court. We litigate cases in family law, defend clients against criminal charges and handle general civil matters. Our firm can also assess a case for mistakes and file an appeal.

Family law in Eastern Iowa
The attorneys at Mellon Spies & Pavelich can help you in all aspects of family law. We work closely with you during divorce proceedings, child custody cases, negotiations of child support and more. Our team can help you get the results you want through careful and meticulous preparation.

Law firm helps you get a fair defense against criminal charges
Our firm can defend you against criminal charges. If you have been accused of a crime in Iowa, we are ready to help. If not handled properly, your case can have far-reaching negative consequences. At Mellon & Spies, we review the case and work hard to make sure you get a fair trial.

Main Office

Main Office
312 E. College Street, Suite 216
Iowa City IA 52240-1696




Iowa Family and Divorce Law

Full-service family law firm in Iowa City
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, Mellon & Spies can help. Mellon & Spies has served families in Iowa City for 37 years. Our family law attorneys provide legal services in all areas of family law:
-Child custody and visitation
-Child support
-Child support modification and enforcement
-Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
-Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

The attorneys at Mellon & Spies assist families with all aspects of international and domestic adoptions. Our attorneys handle the legalities of your adoption so that you can concentrate on your new family member.

Divorce should not lead to a financial crisis. Our firm helps you establish an equitable amount of spousal support.

Child custody and visitation
Our divorce attorneys protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.

Child support
A Mellon & Spies attorney can ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.

Child support modification and enforcement
Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or the noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

Through mediation or litigation, our divorce law firm can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
Mellon & Spies is skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of Iowa to protect your parental rights from the interference of government authorities.

Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. The skilled negotiators at Mellon & Spies can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
Mellon & Spies expects the unexpected and drafts premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and that can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce.

Joe Pavelich

Mellon & Spies

Iowa, 2006

-University of Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 2006
-Cornell College, B.S.S., 1996

Associations & memberships
-Johnson County Association
-Iowa State Association
-American Bar Association


University of Iowa
Juris Doctorate, 2006