In March 2014, Tampa Bay family law attorney Adam B. Cordover was interviewed for the program Legally Speaking on Spirit F.M. 90.5
, a Christian radio station. Adam was joined by fellow collaborative attorney Joryn Jenkins to discuss the consequences that the traditional adversarial court process has not only on spouses and their children, but also the community as a whole.
It is rare for both spouses to remain at the same church post-divorce, yet collaborative divorce offers the possibility of maintaining relationships and utilizing not only legal standards, but also community standards and family values when discussing tough issues such as child custody and financial support. Rather than knock-down, drag out fights in the public courthouse, personal decisions related to divorce are made by the spouses in the private offices of professionals.
Each client has their own attorney to turn to for advise and guidance. A neutral facilitator, who usually has training in a mental health field, helps manage the clients' emotions, teaches better communication and dispute resolution skills, and helps focus the clients on what is most important to them. Oftentimes, a neutral financial professional is brought on board to serve as a central depository for all financial information, develop personalized options for division of assets and debts and support issues, and teach the clients good budgeting and money-management skills as needed.
The clients and collaborative attorneys sign a participation agreement which says that they will act with dignity and respect, and that the attorneys will focus solely on helping the parties' reach a marital settlement agreement. The practical effect of the participation agreement is that the attorneys will withdraw if the parties act unreasonably or engage in contested courtroom battles.
The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., encourages anybody considering divorce to first speak with his or her priest, rabbi, clergy, therapist, or counselor. Divorce is difficult, even under the best of circumstances, and especially when there are children involved. However, if the marriage is truly irreparably broken, the clients, their children, and the community are usually best served if the collaborative divorce process is utilized.
If you have questions regarding how the collaborative divorce process
can help you or someone in your community, 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 the current President of Next Generation Divorce
, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of a network of caring attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals covering Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, and Manatee Counties.
Family law attorney Adam B. Cordover along with forensic accountant Sonya Johnson were invited to the Jimmie B. Keel Library in the Carrollwood neighborhood of Tampa, Florida, to discuss collaborative divorce.
The talk was part of the "Ask A Lawyer" series spearheaded by the Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service and held in conjunction with Next Generation Divorce.
Cordover and Johnson discussed collaborative divorce as a private, respectful alternative to the traditional courtroom battles. They also discussed how not only attorneys, but also financial professionals and mental health professionals are oftentimes utilized to address the emotional and financial aspects of divorce.
Adam B. Cordover is currently president of Next Generation Divorce as well as Outreach Chair for the Hillsborough County Bar Association Collaborative Law Section. Cordover is also tapped to be a speaker at the August 2014 Second Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida in Orlando, Florida, as well as the October 2014 Educational Forum of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in Vancouver, Canada.
If you have questions about how collaborative divorce
can help divorcing spouses reach an agreement without destroying their family, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form
Family Law Attorney Adam B. Cordover appeared on Fox 13
to provide an update on the same sex divorce matter recently dismissed by a Hillsborough County Judge. Cordover represents one of the spouses.
The parties married in Massachusetts and later moved to Florida. When they separated, they used the collaborative family law process
to privately and respectfully come to a full agree on all issues. This helped them form a united front as they then went before a Tampa judge and asked for an uncontested dissolution of their marriage.
Their request for divorce was ultimately dismissed
, as the judge determined that she could not dissolve a marriage that the laws of the State of Florida does not recognize.
The parties are now appealing the dismissal, making this the first same sex divorce case in Florida to challenge the state's Defense of Marriage Act and 2008 constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same sex marriages.
The parties have requested that the Second District Court of Appeals immediately certify the case to the Florida Supreme Court because the appeal is of great public importance and it will have a great effect on the proper administration of justice.
Below are some of the quotes from the Fox 13 interview:
"They're stuck. They can't go back to Massachusetts because Massachusetts has a one-year residency requirement."
"It's been said the parties are 'wed-locked' -- that they just can't get out of their divorce and they're stuck, they're absolutely stuck."
"Even the U.S. Supreme Court have said parties have the right to marry, it even says parties have the right to divorce, and we are simply asking for the state to recognize these two women's right to divorce."
If you have questions regarding LGBT family law rights in Florida
, 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 was recently quoted in the Tampa Tribune
about his thoughts on (I) the most recently ruling from the Hillsborough County Family Court dismissing a petition for dissolution of a same sex marriage and (II) the parties' chances at appeal:
"We’re pretty confident that the parties will be able to get a divorce through the Second District Court of Appeal or the Florida Supreme Court,” said Adam Cordover, attorney... “I’m very hopeful. The trend in the various court systems is in favor of marriage equality."
Adam represents one of the parties who legally married in Massachusetts, moved to Florida, and then came to find that their marriage was irretrievably broken. Like many other families in Tampa Bay, they utilized the collaborative divorce process to retain their dignity and privacy, focus on the future, and form a united front. Now they are using the dismissal of their petition for divorce as an opportunity to challenge Florida's discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, with Adam remaining on the case as appellate co-counsel.
Adam is President of Next Generation Divorce
, a group of caring attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals dedicated to helping families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, and Manatee Counties through difficult periods of family transition such as divorce and child custody.
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
· Fox 13 Tampa Bay (Tampa Bay)
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.