Winter Park, Florida 32789
I have been practicing in Central Florida for over 35 years as both a former trial attorney and, since 1995, exclusively as a family law lawyer. Over the last decade, I have focused my energies and efforts on my collaborative law and mediation practice. I possess an ability to see the big picture and to assist in finding creative solutions where they may not be readily apparent. In protecting the rights and safety of children, I am tenacious, and my personality and style are such that I often bring a calming influence to contentious situations. My consistent goal is to guide clients to outcomes that preserve, and even enhance, family relationships, while minimizing damage to children. At The Aikin Family Law Group our culture is such that we treat all of our clients with respect, compassion and caring, from the front desk to the corner office. We value empowering clients to be able to focus on global resolutions tailored to their family’s needs.
I have been instrumental in the expansion and acceptance of collaborative law practice in Central Florida over the last decade and serve as the President of The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, an organization of collaboratively-trained attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals, numbering 110 members strong. I am passionate in my belief that divorce and related issues are better handled out of the courtroom setting, ideally around a table with the guidance and expertise of both attorneys, a mental health neutral and a financial neutral. Direct, open and transparent communication results in greater efficiency and clarity, allowing for more informed decision-making and more lasting agreements.
Mediation adds another dimension to my practice and allows me to bring to bear the skills to resolve legal disputes such as child custody and timesharing, child support and modifications, contested and uncontested divorce, equitable distribution, domestic abuse, alimony/spousal support, relocation and other Family Law issues. My reputation is one of tackling the hardest cases with complex issues and complicated family dynamics and working the cases as needed between the formal mediations sessions, as may be required for resolution. My extensive community contacts help access resources to guide cases to conclusion.
I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating, and have been voted by my peers as a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007. I am a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association, having chaired various committees and served as Secretary to the OCBA. I am a founding member of the American Inns of Court, #123, and a founding member and former counselor to the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court. Both organizations were created to enhance professionalism and to provide education and mentorship opportunities. I am also a founding board member and current President of The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. Most recently, I was selected as a Florida Trend magazine Legal Elite attorney in the Marital and Family Law area, one of only 39 attorneys to receive the recognition in the State of Florida.
I am married and I enjoy a blended family of four children and two grandchildren with a third grandchild on the way.
Professional ActivitiesMember: Orange County, Secretary, 1983-1984 and Chair Grievance Committee 9A, 1994-1995; Seminole County Bar Association; American Bar Association; The Florida Bar; Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers; American Inn of Court #123, 1990-1992; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida (President, 2008-2015);Super Lawyer designation 2007-2015,The Best Lawyers in America® designation 2010-2015;Orlando Magazine Best Lawyers 2010-2014, Family Law
Miami University; University of Florida, B.A., 1973
University of Florida, J.D., 1978
CommentsGeorge W. Milam Award recipient; University of Florida Law Review, 1977-1978; Author: Case Comment, 'Gender Based Discrimination and Equal Protection: The Emerging Intermediate Standard,' University of Florida Law Review, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, Spring, 1977; Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education; Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocates.