If a same sex couple gets legally married outside of
Florida, subsequently moves to this state, and then determines that their
marriage is irretrievably broken, do they have the right to divorce in
Florida? That is the question that The
Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., is working to get answered in the
affirmative in a ground-breaking case in Tampa.
In this case, the parties utilized the private, respectful collaborative
family law process to settle all of their marital issues and form a united
front to ask for a divorce (Read Adam B. Cordover's blog post on the role of collaborative practice in this case). An April hearing is
scheduled for the trial judge to hear arguments on whether she has the authority to dissolve a marriage which the state of Florida does not
Links to media outlets covering this story can be found
Tampa Bay Times (Tampa Bay)
ABC Action News (Tampa Bay)
10 News CBS (Tampa Bay Sarasota)
Watermark Online (Central Florida)
Miami New Times (Miami)
Pink News (United Kingdom)
If you have questions about your Florida family law rights
and wish to speak to an attorney in an open, friendly environment, schedule a
consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or
fill out our contact form.
Attorney Adam B. Cordover has been published in the LAWYER Magazine on the topic of "Top 3 Reasons to Practice Collaborative Family Law
" (the article is on page 18). The LAWYER Magazine is a publication of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and reaches nearly 4,000 members of the Tampa Bay legal community.
Below are some excerpts:
"You may have heard of the reasons clients choose the collaborative method to resolve their legal and family disputes: Respect is fostered. Communication is
enhanced. Privacy is maintained. Solutions are comprehensive. Budgets are respected. Agreements are long-lasting.
But why do attorneys choose to practice collaborative law?
Work in a Team Environment
Rather than adversaries, the other party and attorney on a collaborative case are fellow team members whose goals include finding a solution best for the family. The team is led by a neutral facilitator — generally a mental health professional — who guides productive and respectful behavior for the clients and their attorneys.
A financial professional usually takes over many of the disclosure responsibilities and develops options that maximize the parties’ resources. Collaborative practitioners refer to this team-centric view as a “paradigm-shift,” as attorneys must: (i) discard the “us versus them” mentality; and (ii) cede control over aspects of the case to professionals who will more efficiently and effectively address them.
Engage in a Creative and Intellectual Endeavor
Creativity as a problem-solving skill is essential in collaborative practice, as attorneys must withdraw if the clients are unable to reach an agreement. Unlike in mediation, where the option of impasse takes the pressure off of parties and their attorneys from making difficult decisions, attorneys who do not want to be fired must dig deep into their toolboxes to address interests behind stated positions.
Of course, this is made easier with the help of the interdisciplinary team. The facilitator will identify underlying issues, lead brainstorming sessions, and help the clients respectfully and productively choose the best solution for them. Further, the financial professional will propose property division, child support, and alimony scenarios that are well beyond the expertise of family law attorneys. In turn, attorneys’ exposure to financial and mental health professionals’ perspectives on issues tend to widen their knowledge base and aide their general law practice.
Rather than being destructive, collaborative practice tends to be a constructive process for clients. The facilitator teaches respectful communication skills and techniques for resolving future disputes. Where children are involved, the focus remains on them, and co-parenting skills are enhanced. The financial professional can often find tax benefits, teach the financially less sophisticated spouse how to create a budget, and/or propose better strategies for the clients’ portfolios.
Client growth brings higher rates of satisfaction, and happy clients lead to happy attorneys. (By the way, according to a multi-year study by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, almost 90 percent of collaborative cases end successfully, with an additional 2 percent of cases ending in reconciliation of the clients.)"
If you are going through a divorce, child custody proceeding, or other family law matter, and you want to know how the collaborative law process
can help you and your family, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form
Adam B. Cordover is president of Next Generation Divorce
, a group of attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals with approximately 70 members dedicated to helping Tampa Bay and Greater Sarasota families hand disputes privately and respectfully.
Adoption and Collaborative Family Law Attorney Adam B. Cordover has received the top rating of 10.0 on the lawyer review site, Avvo.com.
Adam focuses his practice on helping families through adoption
proceeding and by providing clients with a civil and respectful forum to resolve their family disputes, the collaborative process
You may schedule a consultation with Adam B. Cordover by calling us at (813) 443-0615 or filling out our contact form
. Adam practices in Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, Manatee, Hernando, and Hillsborough Counties.
Collaborative family law attorney Adam B. Cordover was a featured speaker at the first program of 12th Judicial Circuit Chapter of Next Generation Divorce. The program, held at the Sarabay Country Club in Sarasota, was attended by approximately 50 attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals, financial professionals, and other divorce professionals.
Cordover was joined by Saint Petersburg psychologist Deborah Downs-Spencer and Sarasota certified divorce financial advisor Brian Pope to present "Collaborative Family Law: The Future of Divorce is Now in Sarasota and Manatee Counties." Cordover, Downs-Spencer, and Pope are all Executive Board Members of Next Generation Divorce, a group of approximately 70 divorce professionals dedicated to offering families in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties a private and healthier alternative to courtroom divorce battles.
If you have questions about how the collaborative process
can help your family, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form
Attorney Adam B. Cordover was a presenter at the annual joint Family Law Review of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and Clearwater Bar Association. Cordover presented, along with psychologist James B. Morris and financial advisor John L. Sullivan, on the topic of collaborative divorce
as a healthier way to resolve family issues in Pinellas County.
Topics included how collaborative practice is the ideal process to resolve issues that the court system simply will not address, such as grandparents' rights or dissolution of same sex relationships.
Cordover, Morris, and Sullivan are all members of Next Generation Divorce
, a group of attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals dedicated to helping families restructure their relationships in a private setting rather than engage in battles in a public courtroom.
If you have questions about how the collaborative family law process
can help you, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form
Tampa Bay Collaborative Lawyer Adam B. Cordover was welcomed by the Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association to provide continuing education units on the topic of Collaborative Divorce as a Healthier Alternatives for Tampa Bay's Families. Adam was joined by financial planner John Sullivan and licensed mental health counselor Linda Peterman, and the program was attended by approximately 45 counselors and therapists.
is a private form of family dispute resolution that addresses not only the legal needs of the parties, but also their emotional and financial needs. The clients are each represented by their own attorney, and everyone agrees that they will not bring contested issues in front of a judge. Rather, they will work as adults in a private setting to resolve their issues with the help of a neutral facilitator, who is generally a mental health professional, and a neutral financial professional, who can help with budgeting and other financial issues.
Adam also discussed and answered questions on how collaborative family law can be used to addressed paternity issues, child custody cases, post-judgment matters, LGBT family issues, Grandparents' visitation, and domestic violence matters.
If you want to learn how collaborative practice
can help your family, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form
Adam B. Cordover is President of Next Generation Divorce
, a Tampa Bay collaborative practice group with approximately 70 attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health professionals dedicated to helping the families of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, and Manatee Counties.
On December 11, 2013, Tampa attorney Adam B. Cordover was elected President of Next Generation Divorce, formerly known as the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay
. Next Generation Divorce is a group of divorce attorneys, financial advisers, & mental health professionals committed to the unique approach of collaborative divorce solutions to families in Tampa Bay. Next Generation Divorce has collaborative divorce professionals located throughout Tampa Bay, serving Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Clearwater, Bradenton, Land O’ Lakes, Temple Terrace, Brandon, Treasure Island, and Valrico, among other locales.
Attorney Adam B. Cordover recently was invited to speak with Stephen Ministers at the First United Methodist Church of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Adam, along with psychologist Deborah Downs-Spencer and Financial Adviser John L. Sullivan, presented on how the collaborative family law process
can be used to keep divorcing spouses focused on their children and keep in mind the needs of the community.
According to the Stephen Ministry website
, "Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting."
If you have questions about how collaborative practice can help your family transition in a respectful and values-based manner, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form.
Tampa Collaborative Lawyer Adam B. Cordover attended the 14th Annual Forum of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ("IACP") in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the Inaugural IACP Leadership Academy.
Adam was nominated by the local collaborative practice group, the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay, and selected by the IACP to attend the Leadership Academy. As stated on the IACP's website, "The purpose of the IACP Leadership Academy is to develop the leadership skills of participants in order to assist them in making the most effective contributions to the growth and development of the Collaborative movement, both locally and internationally." The Leadership Academy included 23 participants from throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The Leadership Academy was held just before the Forum, which was a gathering of approximately 400 collaborative attorneys, accountants, financial planners, therapists, psychologists, and other professionals from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. The Forum was an opportunity for collaborative professionals worldwide to create better practice models, exchange ideas, and develop tools to help our clients resolve disputes privately and constructively.
Adam had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Stu Webb, the founder of collaborative family law, and many other professionals throughout the world.
To learn how collaborative family law
can save you from bitter, costly, and destructive courtroom divorce battles, schedule a consultation by calling The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or by filling out our contact form
Are You Safe, Inc.
, an organization that provides crucial services to survivors of domestic violence, recognized Adam B. Cordover as Volunteer Lawyer of the Year. Adam was presented this award on September 26th, 2013, at Are You Safe's Fifth Annual Purple Party, an event that promotes domestic violence awareness.
To learn more about Are You Safe and the services it provides and to learn how you can donate, visit r-u-safe.org