Reaching mutual agreements outside of the court system.

Mediation is a voluntary process through which a client makes decisions together with his or her spouse or partner based upon an understanding of the client’s views, the other party’s views and the realities the parties face. A professional mediator facilitates the parties’ discussions but does not give legal advice or make decisions for the parties. The mediator may, however, make suggestions of how the various issues in dispute can be resolved.

How Mediation works.

The parties, with or without attorneys, meet with the mediator to identify issues, complete the exchange of information if necessary, and use non-coercive problem-solving techniques to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.

The parties can be supported in or out of the meeting room by consulting lawyers, financial and estate planners, accountants, insurance advisors, therapists and even family members.

Family-centered conflicts that can be resolved through mediation include:

  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Separation
  • Parenting and timesharing
  • Division of assets and liabilities
  • Spousal and child support
  • Paternity actions
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial issues
  • Parent-teen conflicts
  • Disputes between a non-married couple

Benefits of Mediation.

  • The client sets the pace. The process can move as quickly or as slowly as the parties choose and the client is not restricted by the availability of a court calendar.
  • The involvement of the court is minimized. Everyone agrees to reach an agreement outside of a courtroom.
  • The parties create workable solutions. The process gives the client the freedom and opportunity to craft more creative solutions than are available through the court system.
  • The parties remain in control. In a typical litigation scenario, the court imposes a solution it could also assign to thousands of other families. Through mediation, the parties hand craft a resolution that will work for both of the parties and their children.
  • The parties save resources. Mediation is generally less costly and time-consuming than litigation.
  • The parties enjoy confidentiality. Mediation proceedings remain private.

Robert Merlin is available as a Family Mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate family disputes of all types, whether the parties come to him without attorneys or he is brought into the matter by the parties’ attorneys.


Is Mediation the right choice for you and your family?

Contact Robert Merlin to learn more about Mediation. He can assist you in making an informed choice. If you would like to find how he can help you, email him at or call him at 305-448-1555.