Joy A. Bartmon, a lifetime resident of South Florida, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Miami Law School, cum laude. She was licensed to practice law in November 1980 in Florida. From 1980 to1989 she practiced primarily civil and criminal litigation, appeals, social security disability, corporate transactions, and pension law in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. In 1989, pursuing her commitment to serving the legal needs of children and families, she was hired as the first attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem Program of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida, a Court program protecting abused and neglected children involved in the legal system. In 1990, Joy Bartmon and her former husband started The Law Offices of Bartmon & Bartmon in Boca Raton, engaging mainly in family law, criminal law, and appellate practice. In 2009, Joy began her current solo practice of law as Joy A. Bartmon, Esq., P.A.
Her practice concentration is in the area of family law. Included in her practice are Mediation, Collaborative Family Law, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage (divorce), child custody, parenting plans, Guardian Ad Litem, Attorney ad Litem, domestic relations, grandparent custody, extended family custody, stepparent adoption, modification of custody, modification of support, same-sex couples issues, enforcement and contempt proceedings, and mental health law (including Marchman Act and Baker Act).
She is a current member of the South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group and is very dedicated to the idea that family disputes can be resolved through this process that emphasizes cooperation, respect, mutual outcomes, transparency, and privacy. Joy served for eight years on the Board of Directors of The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. She is a member of The Florida Bar Ad Hoc Family Law Guardian Ad Litem Committee, which has worked for several years creating and implementing a training program for GALs in Family Division cases. She is a former Chairperson of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Mental Health Law Committee, former officer and founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association of Palm Beach County, Inc., a former member of the Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court, and a former member and Chair of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee of the 15th Circuit.
Joy is the author of ‘Motions to Disqualify Counsel’ in the Florida Civil Trial Guide (Matthew Bender, 1990). She is the recipient of the 2015 “Public Citizen of the Year” award from the National Association of Social Workers (Palm Beach Unit), the 2000 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, the October 1999 15th Circuit Pro Bono Attorney of the Month Award, and the 1998 Karen Starr Marx Child Advocacy Award.