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About Donovan & Melendez

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Our Services

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Our Philosophy

Discover what makes Donovan & Melendez a unique law firm serving families in the greater Tampa area.

We Advocate with Peace and it Works

Conflict is stressful—whether it’s with a soon-to-be ex spouse or with anyone else. Let’s face it, there is a lot at stake—your financial future, the future of your children, and your ability to be present and to parent in a meaningful way.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Donovan and Mr. Melendez have successfully guided thousands of families through the most difficult transitions many people ever experience in the areas of family and matrimonial law.

Satisfied Clients

What People are Saying About Donovan & Melendez

Areas of Practice

Providing Compassionate Legal Assistance to Florida Families

Collaborative Divorce

The Collaborative Divorce Process is less expensive, stressful and time consuming—and it leaves decision making power in your hands.

Litigated Divorce

In some instances a litigated divorce is the only option. In this situation, our experience will help you navigate this process and avoid as many pitfalls as possible.

Parenting Coordination

Parenting Coordination services offers a vital service to parents unable to agree on parenting and scheduling issues.


When a child is born to unmarried parents, there are specific issues that arise in child support, parenting plans and parental rights.

Guardian Ad Litem

A Guardian Ad Litem assists the Court in making decisions that will best serve the interests of children victimized by neglect or abuse.

Juvenile Law

Juvenile Law includes Dependency Court and Juvenile Delinquency Court. We work in both on behalf of children and parents or legal guardians.

Business and Contracts

Contracts involve agreements between people, businesses, and groups. We help clients write up contracts and deal with breach of contracts.

Criminal Defense

Criminal defense ranges from Misdemeanors to Felony charges. We have assisted individuals in all aspects of criminal defense pre-, during and post-trial.
We’re Here to Help

Divorce Decisions — Making The Right Ones

Divorce is confusing and stressful. There are a lot of decisions to make when a couple dissolves a relationship—whether a marriage or cohabitation. These decisions set the stage for the future.

We Provide the Information

In order to make wise decisions, you need all of the information. We provide you with all of your options and an understanding of the real-life outcomes (and consequences) of choosing different paths.

We Assist With Your Goals

As part of this process, we will ensure that we understand what your goals are, even if they change through the process, and help you to articulate them if they are not clear in your own mind yet. With this understanding, we work with you to set out a path that will help you achieve those goals as much as possible.

Collaborative Process

We Are With You Each Step of the Way

Gather Data

We listen to you and your concerns to make sure we have all the information.

Review Options

Together we go over your options, timeframes and expectations of the process.

Develop Plan

We then lay out a path forward with details for you and our office to follow.

Successful Outcome

Together we work closely to ensure you get the result that you need.
Schedule a Mediation

What to Expect at Your Mediation

Mediation is a process that allows parties to negotiate their differences in a safe, confidential and controlled environment with the assistance of a certified mediator. Through the mediation process, parties have the opportunity to voice their interests and concerns so they may work towards settling their issues in a peaceful manner.

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