Litigation in California's Courts is not always the most effective method for resolving a legal dispute. Many Courtrooms are burdened with too many cases, and it can take months or even years to resolve what seem like straightforward matters, with added cost and stress. Many people believe that litigation through the Public Courts is their only option for seeking a binding and impartial resolution to their legal problems.


In California, however, parties can utilize alternative dispute resolution services ('ADR') that can offer comparable and even superior dispute resolution services to the Public Court system. Mediation and Private Judging are clear alternatives to litigation in the Superior Courts.


Private Dispute Resolution is an allowable substitute for public litigation. Experienced and well qualified Mediators and Private Judges allow differing parties to custom-tailor their dispute resolution options to meet their own personal needs and goals. These alternatives provide options to a limited public court system. In particular, private dispute resolution can help parties resolve their legal matters quickly, creatively, and cost-effectively. Moreover, this often means that resolving legal disputes happens without the acrimony, frustration, and dissatisfaction that can accompany traditional adversarial litigation.




Commissioner Corman (ret.) has been assigned

the entire Family Law Calendar for

Merced Superior Court for the past 16 years.

He is well respected by attorneys and litigants

​who have appeared before him.

Commissioner Corman has retired, effective January 31, 2014, but is now available for private judging and mediation services.

530 W. 21st ST, SUITE B, MERCED, CA, 95340, UNITED STATES • 209.761.0991

Family Law Private Judging and Mediation Services offers alternative dispute resolution assistance to litigants and their attorneys, including mediation, case management, and private judging, utilizing the experience and skills of Commissioner Corman (ret.).  Commissioner Corman (ret.), spent many years as a private attorney with his practice primarily focused on Family Law.  From his appointment to the bench in 1997, until his retirement in 2014, he was the only Judicial Officer assigned to the Family Law Department of the Merced County Superior Court.


Throughout his 16 years on the bench, Commissioner Corman (ret.) has presided over thousands of contested trials and hearings, and assisted in settling thousands of cases.  These cases addressed issues of Child Custody and Visitation, including move away issues, domestic violence and substance abuse, as well as Child and Spousal Support issues.  The cases have also addressed complex property issues, including tracing issues, reimbursement issues, property valuation issues, including business evaluations, transmutation issues, issues regarding breach of fiduciary duties, and issues regarding equitable apportionment.


Private Dispute Resolution is not just for the wealthy. In fact, in many ways, Private Dispute Resolution can save the conventional litigant money, because these services are designed specifically to meet the needs of the parties to resolve their legal dispute quickly and efficiently. In addition to financial savings, Private Dispute Resolution can also save substantial time by enabling the parties to avoid a protracted and contentious legal battle.


Mediation and Private Judging enable the parties to manage how and when they desire to address their legal conflict. One particular advantage is that, since these forms of ADR are arranged between or among private parties, all proceedings, hearings, conferences, and sessions are held in a comfortable discreet setting. Commissioner Corman (ret.) is specifically trained to help the parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution to their conflicts. As a Private Neutral with an in-depth understanding of dispute resolution, he can help parties develop original and creative ways of facilitating both parties to achieve a satisfactory resolution.


If you would like to explore utilizing alternatives to traditional litigation, contact the offices of Commissioner Gerald W. Corman (ret.) at Family Law Private Judging & Mediation Services, located in Merced, California, at 209-761-0991. You may call directly, or use the online contact form on the website.

530 W. 21st Street, Suite B