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My Time at The 20th Annual IACP Forum

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Forum is always an invigorating time for me. We teach, learn, grow and share ideas with like-minded and committed Collaborative professionals from around the world. This year we all gathered in Chicago, IL for the 20th Anniversary of this terrific event.

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It Is Time to Make Financial Affidavits and Other Documents Private in Family Matters

The following article was written by Robert J. Merlin and published in the Winter Edition of the Florida Bar Magazine. In most dissolution of marriage and paternity matters, financial affidavits and many other documents are automatically filed with the court, thereby making them subject to public scrutiny.

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A Heartwarming Letter from One of My Previous Clients

It is not every day that I receive a letter from a client expressing their gratitude for the service that my staff and I provide to families on a daily basis. This letter is extra special because it truly summarizes what I stand for and what I think all family professionals should stand for. Unfortunately, it is in their most vulnerable time that a new client walks into my office.

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Robert J. Merlin, Esq. Collaboratively Helping Families

I'm Bob Merlin. I'm a collaborative family attorney.

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Society Is Demanding Change

I knew there had to be a better way of handling family matters than fighting in court!

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Litigation No Longer Necessary

Robert J. Merlin discusses why he no longer litigates and chooses to use the Collaborative Process.

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Veto of Alimony Reform Bill Good Move

There have recently been attempts to reform Florida's alimony laws. The stated goal was to create uniformity and predictability in determining alimony. The unspoken purpose was to eliminate permanent alimony.

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Why I Recommend Them for International Marriages

The best case to make for a pre-nuptial agreement is that it's insurance. People who get married don't imagine that they'll get divorced, but with roughly half of marriages ending in divorce, it's certainly a strong possibility. And if a couple does get divorced, a pre-nuptial agreement that clearly states what happens to both parties? assets and income can ensure that the couple won't get into a long, costly, possibly contentious courtroom battle over those assets and income.

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Divorce Is Not the Time to Operate from Your Emotions

There's been a lot of talk about the new Star Wars movie in the last few weeks. Those familiar with the franchise know that there's a powerful, universal energy in this world called The Force, and the advice given from the Jedi Masters who are training up-and-coming Jedi is to trust your feelings.

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Why You Should Avoid a Courtroom Divorce if You Own a Business

An increasing number of Americans are starting their own businesses, joining the record numbers of Americans who already own and operate businesses. That's simply the way the American workforce is moving, and on the whole, I believe it's a positive thing.

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