- Divorce Mediation
- Collaborative Law
- Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements
About Rachel Mielke
(also known as Rachel E. Mielke, Rachel Abhold, Rachel E. Abhold)
Attorney Rachel Mielke doesn't think that divorce is the end. On the contrary, she thinks it's just the beginning of a new chapter in her client's and their family's story. As a child of divorce, she knows this first hand. That's why, to her, it's so important to help people navigate through that change in a way that's productive and healthy for them and their children.
As a lawyer, Rachel focuses primarily on collaborative law, divorce mediation, cooperative divorce, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She is determined to help her clients find solutions to their problems that actually work for them and their family in the long term. That might mean coming up with solutions that are a little “outside the box”.
After completing family law mediation training, Rachel has gained extensive experience by taking on many of these cases. She feels mediation can offer the best outcome for both parties, emotionally and financially. Rachel feels that mediation is a great tool to keep the divorce as amicable as possible. If you have children, mediation helps prioritize their well-being and happiness.
Though Rachel briefly considered constitutional law, she knew pretty early on that family law was the right practice area for her. It was the area that she felt could make the most direct impact on someone's life for the better, and where she felt like she could utilize both her ability to help others work out their difference and her passion for defending those who need a strong advocate in their corner. That said, her greatest achievements come not from conquering foes, but from the sincere “thank you” she gets from a client at the conclusion of their divorce. At her core, she is a problem solver and enjoys putting those skills to work helping her clients through a difficult time in their lives.
Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude from UW Law School in Madison, Wisconsin and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. While in law school, she was actively involved in a number of student organizations and associations and earned various honors and awards, including the Leonard Loeb Family Law Scholarship from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers . She also participated in the Family Court Assistance Project as a student attorney, where she helped assist low-income people with family law cases on a pro bono basis. She still credits this program with teaching her how to actually be a family lawyer.
After graduating law school, she began building a family law practice at Melli Law, S.C., where she became a partner in 2015. She continued to build her family law practice while at vonBriesen & Roper, S.C. and Stroud, Willink, & Howard, LLC. She also sits on various boards and committees in Wisconsin including the Economic Justice Institute, Inc, the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, and volunteers at the Family Law Assistance Center.
Rachel is part of a big extended family and lives with her husband, two little girls, a Labrador (Bruno), and two cats (Luke and Leia). She often credits her two kids with making her a better family law attorney, as they have helped her to better appreciate her client’s desire to have as much placement as possible, and have helped her understand the need for placement schedules to reflect the realities of a family’s day to day life.
She is a true Wisconsinite, and loves cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers, drinking wine from the Wollersheim Winery, touring local breweries, and enjoying all of the amazing cheeses Wisconsin has to offer. She loves getting up to Door County when she can, or to the Dane County Farmer's Market for some tasty baked treats and fresh local produce.
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