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Nicholas Mermiges

Divorce and separation Attorney at Columbia, SC

4.9   32 reviews

About Nicholas

Learn Nicholas’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Divorce, Separation, Custody, Alimony.

    12 years, 200 cases

  2. Child custody
    40%

    12 years, 150 cases

  3. Family
    10%

    12 years, 350 cases

Thorough, sophisticated, ethical. Attorney Nick Mermiges combines years of family court experience in South Carolina with elite academic credentials and an unwavering dedication to his clients' interests.

Nick takes cases state wide, with a focus on the midlands (Columbia and Lexington). Nick has handled hundreds of divorce, custody and family cases in South Carolina, and has taken multiple divorce and custody cases to trial in Richland and Lexington Counties. He knows what needs to be done before a case begins, after a case is filed, and throughout litigation to help his clients achieve their goals. Nick has substantial experience handling high conflict/high value divorce cases, divorces involving marital businesses, prenuptial agreements, military divorce cases, de-facto custodian & grandparent custody cases, interstate and international custody cases, jurisdictional disputes, contempt actions, emergency custody cases & modifications, alimony & alimony modification cases, parental alienation cases, appeals, and more.

Nick has been practicing law since 2010. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006, and attend Law School at the University of Miami on an academic scholarship. He graduated in the Top 5% of his law school class, served as a member of the University of Miami Law Review, and was selected to the prestigious Order of the Coif. Nick is licensed to practice in South Carolina and Florida. He founded his lawfirm in February 2015, and has been humbled by how quickly his practice has grown.

Nick believes that the goal of every family court attorney should be to get their client through the family court system as expeditiously as possible, with the best outcome possible. Whether that means negotiating a prompt and fair settlement, or aggressively pursuing contested litigation, Nick is dedicated to assisting his clients in acheiving their goals.

Nick believes that even in cases involving negotiation and approval of an agreement, it's critically important to have an experienced attorney to ensure that the agreement is truly fair, to ensure that the client's rights in the agreement are enforceable, and to ensure that the client is protected from future risks they might not have anticipated.

Nick's experience with complex and contested matters means that even in these uncontested cases and agreements, he is able to give clients the advice and representation they need to get through the system as quickly as possible, with the confidence that they are making the right decision.

Divorce and Custody cases involve the most imporant issues in our lives, and the consequences of these cases can last for many years. Whether you have a simple, uncontested case, or a high stakes or high conflict case, it's imporant to have an attorney who knows the South Carolina family court system and can give you the advice you need, so that you can make the right decision.

If you are looking to hire a divorce, custody or family attorney in Columbia, Lexington or anywhere in South Carolina, contact the Law Office of Nick Mermiges to schedule a free telephone consultation. Many potential clients are able to speak to an attorney immediatly, or within 24 hours.

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Licensed for 12 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/24/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Nicholas

Law Offices of Nick Mermiges, LLC
1720 Main Street
Suite 202
Columbia, SC, 29201
Law Offices of Nick Mermiges, LLC
220 North Main St.
Suite 500
Greenville, SC, 29601
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended. An attorney who will fight for you!
Nick has a way of making tough situations easier to go through. He treats everyone with dignity and respect. He is thorough and knowledgeable. In my case, the opposing party and counsel were making rather unreasonable demands. Nick suggested a course of action and the likely consequences and possible outcomes. Ultimately, the opposition came back with a very reasonable settlement only because Nick wanted the truth to come out. I recommend him. He will fight for you!
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Posted by Colin | September 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made a bad situation much better!
Nicholas and team worked tirelessly for me during my divorce, turning a frightening situation into a bearable moment. My ex, at first was willing to simply leave, then after consulting her attorney saw monetary compensation. Nick and his team worked hard for me dealing with her attorney, and at the end of the day made it simple and fair. She ended up leaving as initially desired since she cheated. He even led me down a path to not be bitter but rather have a simple and effective and divorce uncontested. Yes I had to wait a year, but it was worth it. My ex and myself both got what we wanted with minimal issues on my end. Nick even helped with a tax issue I had due to the divorce and it turned out in my favor. He's amazing, responsive, helpful and honest, and will fight hard to help his clients. His reputation is top notch in the area and most other attorneys worry when he is representing you. Pricing is great, but most importantly you get amazing representation. My ex's attorney asked for more money from her to finalize the divorce.....Nick didn't do that as he is an honest attorney and fair. I don't want anyone to go through a divorce, but if you have to......hire Nick Mermiges, you won't regret it. He does what he says, works hard for his clients, and is honest. He puts in the extra effort to protect his clients. I personally couldn't have been happier with the outcome Nick provided.
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Posted by J | May 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical, Sharp, and Professional
Nick took on an extremely difficult case for me that lasted over 3 years. In the courtroom and in negotiations his actions were nothing less than brilliant. Nick is an incredibly driven attorney who focused on the end game versus being caught up in the emotional back and forth that is usually associated with family court. If you are looking for someone to coddle you and beat around the bush on possible outcomes - this may not be the attorney for you. If you are looking for a winner, someone who will champion your personal cause, and an attorney that knows the Family Court system in South Carolina - this is your guy. 10/10, would hire again.
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Posted by Jenn | November 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life saver
Nick truly was my life saver. I was going through a horrible divorce and my previous lawyer abandoned me. I called Nick late on a Friday night and he in two days had me prepared for an emergency hearing which concluded better than I imagined. From that point on he guided me, supported me, and ultimately won me my divorce. There will never be enough words to describe my admiration and respect for what Nick represents. His passion for helping others is beyond measure. He knows the system and laws inside and out, yet is keen to what his clients need and is able to explain the process in laymen’s terms. I must have asked a million questions and he always took the time to explain in detail so I completely understood. Nick is the best there is in not only Columbia but I would say the entire state. I can see why he is well respected by other lawyers and judges as well. If you need someone who can turn what you think is the impossible into the possible, Nick is that person hands down. I truly owe my new life and freedom to him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation but will hire!
Nick is very knowledgeable. He is very straightforward with his answers and he makes everything crystal clear. Only had a consultation but 100% guarantee we will be hiring him in two weeks for our custody battle! Looking forward to working with Nick! He seems like a great guy, very honest! That's exactly what we need!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive help!
Professional, effective, responsive to questions. Focused on my needs, encouraging.
Posted by Nola | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job DONE!!
Nick was my second lawyer and within a month my ex had signed the custody agreement and we avoided an unnecessary trial!
Posted by Kerry M | May 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nick was fantastic!!
Nick was fantastic, he was on top of everything and kept me focused. This was a very difficult time for me and Nick made this process easy. Highly recommend him.
Posted by Regina | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trials that became a Testimony
Anyone can write a review or something positive that can be considered an opinion. But I wanted to share some facts of my ongoing divorce/custody battle. It initially started in 2006. 3 Previously hired attorneys, 2 Gaurdians, Over $60,000 dollars spent that only lead to 11 years of no result. I still believe and am grateful for everyone and their efforts. I was referred to Nick and was scared, questionable and had no faith in the family court laws. He was hired in 2017 and turned many painful trials into a beautiful testimony for my children and I. A 12 year nightmare was finally over. There is no specific number of reviews or dollar amount that I could ever give that would equal what he gave me back.
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Posted by Larissa | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!
If you are looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, professional, and fair lawyer, Mr. Mermiges is the one for you! Nick was absolutely great during our case! He was always professional and knowledgeable. Nick helped my husband and I to continue to have custody of our nephew, that had been living with us for 4 years, under the de facto custodian law. The de facto custodian law was not something we were familiar with until contacting Nick. He explained it to us and let us know it was possible to continue providing our nephew with a safe and stable environment legally, even though neither of us were a biological parent to the child. Those words were such a relief to my husband and I! Nick was always up-front with us about the different possible outcomes/scenarios and what he expected the outcome would be. He always kept us well informed of things happening with our case and always steered us in the right direction. He never wanted us to be surprised with any outcomes, requests, or fees associated with our case. We knew from our very first conversation with Nick he would do what was right for the child involved and help us to keep our nephew safe. He was always there when we had any questions or concerns. If he wasn't available immediately, he always got back to us in a timely manner and also made himself available for contact over the weekend for any emergent situations. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to represent us! If it weren't for Nick and his knowledgeable expertise, our outcome would have been very different! We can't thank him enough for everything he did for our case!
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Posted by Melanie | February 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, aggressive, and compassionate!
Hiring Mr. Mermiges was the best thing I could have done. Child custody battles are horrible and stressful, but through Nicholas’ calming demeanor and knowledge of family law, he helped me get though the most difficult situation of my life. He paid attention to all the details and held the other parties accountable throughout the process. My happy outcome would not have been possible without Nicholas’ expertise and human compassion.
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Posted by Sevak | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of a kind, privilege to have on my side - highly recommend
It is hard to describe in words how grateful and appreciative I am of having Nick Mermiges as my lawyer. I have never met a lawyer as passionate and dedicated to family law as Nick. Nick has the ability to show his clients the entire 360-degree view on an issue, any issue. He is also able to help his clients understand where to find common ground when you may believe there is no common ground between yourself and your former spouse. As a male I already knew I was faced with an extreme challenge when requesting the courts additional visitation with my child; however, having Nick as a lawyer not only helped me tremendously but also he spent time sharing knowledge regarding laws allowing me to be reasonable with what I wanted to agree to in the end. Nick never led me on, he always gave me the good, the bad, and the in between. In today’s world finding honest and passionate lawyers is extremely difficult, I should know for I found Nick due to my previous lawyer who didn’t quite understand family law to say the least. I am very glad I traveled out of my local town to find Nick, he will remain my lawyer until my daughter is 18 years of age. I highly recommend him to others, especially if you are going through a hard and cumbersome custody and divorce – it was a privilege to have him stand by me during court each and every time.
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Posted by Edmond | February 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal counsel
I hired Nick for my divorce and I couldn’t be more pleased. Nick was honest, professional and extremely knowledgeable. I have had horrible experiences in the past with attorneys and I was nervous about using another attorney. But Nick was fantastic from the first meeting. He detailed everything about what he would be doing and how he would handle the details of my case. When I had questions he answered them, honestly. If I called or emailed him he responded quickly and with great knowledge. Nick does what he says he’s going to do. That is a rare trait among lawyers. His fee structure was the most reasonable and simple one I’ve ever seen. I will be using Nick as my attorney going forward for any reason in the future. I have that much trust in his character and ability.
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Posted by Amber | December 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not have asked for a better attorney
I am very satisfied with how quickly and efficiently with my experience was, and the outcome of my case represented by Nicholas Mermiges. I recently have been through a custody battle with my 3 year old's father, never married. I consulted with a few other local highly reputable custody attorneys whom specialized in similar situations over prior months. I was told these lawyers wouldn't be able to devote their time to our inevitably drawn out and ugly battle. My child wasn't worth fighting for in their eyes, but Nick made it clear that he valued my child's protection and safety. I was referred to this practice while catching up with an old friend, and I feel so blessed. I met Nick for a consultation and had no doubt that I was done looking for the most qualified. He listened to me and recognized how critically the situation affected my daughter. We were able to settle in mediation. Nick is a highly knowledgeable and strong attorney, I certainly recommend his services.
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Posted by Eric | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY - NICK MERMIGES
Tremendously, tremendously satisfied! I retained Mr. Nick Mermiges, Esq, to represent me in family law proceedings in 2016. He charged an extremely reasonable flat rate for bundled professional and associated services, which was new to me. Mr Mermiges was unbelievably responsive to my questions, usually answering via text or email within the hour. Appointments were easily made and always kept. He clearly explained current state and next steps, always keeping me in the loop. I cannot imagine having a more professional, engaged, and competent attorney who really kept my best interests in mind.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic and Timely
I hired an attorney for a divorce. He was fantastic at keeping me up-to-date with information and executing my divorce with minimal interaction from my part. He is well informed with SC laws and rights. Kept my best interest at the altar and was available.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
We could not have asked for a better attorney to represent us in our child custody case. Nick whole heartedly took on our case, he followed through with every possible detail there was and he represented us in an utmost professional caring way. Nick represented us in South Carolina while we reside in California. We trusted him and he never let us down. He won our custody case hands down, in an honest approach and never faltered. We highly recommend Nick to be your attorney!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is awesome!
Nick was always there when I needed him. He saw me through a very painful divorce. I always was able to speak directly to him and he made sure that everything was taken care of properly. He had my best interests at hand and I would definitely hire him again if I needed legal advice. He is more than a lawyer!!!
Posted by Alexander Buff | February 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent family lawyer
Nick did a fantastic job on my case he was a very dependable and always easily to get in touch with his knowledge of the law was incredible and I would suggest anyone in Richland County Columbia South Carolina to use them in a family court matter.
Posted by Steph Sweeney | September 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
I enjoyed working with Nick. He was a straight forward and direct, he had empathy, listened very attentively to all my concerns and offered various ways to handle my divorce. I liked the strategies he suggested and he made it known he could be a shark or a nice guy, whatever the situation/ex's attitude called for.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Nick Mermiges, LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Luks, Stantaniello, Petrillo & Jones
  • 2015 - 2015
  • CLE Instructior
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Judicial Fellow/Clerk
  • Federal Magistrage Andrea M. Simonton
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Division Leader
  • Hightower Stratton Wilhelm
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Biondo Law Firm, PA
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Law
  • 2010
  • University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Pickens County Custody Case
  • Client (Father) Awarded Primary Custody
  • Light v. Lexington One School District
  • Favorable Settlement Guaranteeing Facility Upgrades
  • Richland County Divorce Case with Prenup
  • Prenup thrown out; lump sum alimony awarded to client
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Associations

  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal District Court of South Carolina
  • Licensed to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Family Law Division - South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of Florida
  • Licensed to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Southern District of Florida Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Certificate of Achievement - 2018 Guardian ad Litem Program
  • The South Carolina Continuing Legal Education Division
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2010
  • Honors (5 of 6 semesters)
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2010
  • Magna Cum Laude (Top 5% Class Rank)
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2010
  • CALI Book Award, Constitutional Law II
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2009
  • Dean's Merit Award, Anti Trust
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2008
  • University of Miami Law Review - Member
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2008
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • "Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith"
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (23)
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Mermiges is an incredibly knowledgeable and talented attorney in family law. I would not hesitate to send anyone to him who needs an attorney in Columbia."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Nicholas Mermiges because he is an excellent attorney who works hard for his clients. Nicholas is trustworthy, straightforward, and professional. I endorse Nicholas without any hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nick sees in both legal and practical dimensions making him an astute attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Such a wonderful spirit and is truly dedicated to clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his practice in personal injury!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend his legal services. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Other
"The field of personal injury law can be complicated and trying. Having a knowledgeable, responsible lawyer like Mr. Nicholas Mermiges on your side will ensure your rights remain protected and your interests fought for. His presence on AVVO has been an invaluable assets to those seeking answers to complicated legal questions. He has proven himself as client-centered, competent and passionate. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mermiges is professional and effective."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nicholas Mermiges is an excellent attorney who provides his clients with representation that is second to none. He works tirelessly to ensure every questions is answered and every base is covered on every case he works on."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicholas is a thorough and dedicated attorney who consistently provides the highest level of advocacy for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Mermiges on numerous projects. As such, I can speak to his profound dedication to his clients and superior knowledge of the law. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicholas is known as an extremely intelligent and capable attorney. I have worked with Nicholas and have regularly relied on his skilled legal judgment and knowledge in the field. I highly recommend this attorney to others."
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