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Tampa Bay Attorney Adam B. Cordover was a featured speaker during a two-day advanced collaborative training led by Woody Mosten, a nationally renowned mediator and family law attorney based out of Beverly Hills, California. The theme of the training was "Building A Satisfying And Profitable Collaborative and Mediation Practice." Adam led a workshop on "Deepening Knowledge and Communicating About Collaborative Divorce via Blogging." The main sponsor of the event was Next Generation Divorce, Florida's largest collaborative practice group.
Over 60 professionals attended the advanced training, including attorneys, accountants, financial planners, psychologists, therapists, educators, and real estate agents. The whole point was to build sustainable companies and firms that would help families restructure in a healthy manner rather than be torn apart via the traditional courtroom divorce process.
If you have questions about how a Tampa Bay collaborative family law process can help you, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam 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, Co-Chair of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida Research Committee, and a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Academy of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Collaborative Family Law Attorney Adam B. Cordover was quoted in an article last month in the Tampa Tribune titled "Gay marriage legal in Florida, but gay divorce still cloudy." Below are some excerpts from the article:
Since this article was written, divorces of same-sex couples have been successfully completed in Hillsborough County and around the state, though there is not uniformity in that outcome.
Tampa attorney Adam B. Cordover was recently a guest speaker at the South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group. Adam spoke on the topic of What You And Your Practice Group Can Do To Help More Clients Via the Collaborative Divorce Process.
As president of Next Generation Divorce, Florida's largest interdisciplinary collaborative practice group, Adam is a leader in the promotion of collaborative divorce, a private and respectful method to resolve marital issues. Adam also serves as Research Chair of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida, and he is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Academy of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
The South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group is an association of Attorneys, Financial Professionals, Mental Health Professionals and Mediators who work together to highlight the benefits of the Collaborative Process.
Its goal is to assist South Florida couples to work toward a mutually fair and equitable end to their relationship without the acrimony, anxiety and financial cost that often accompanies litigation, and to protect the integrity and health of family relationships.
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interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times on the issue of same-sex divorce. Below is an excerpt:
If you have questions about LGBT family law issues, 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. In the Letter, Cordover calls for his fellow family law attorneys to help same-sex spouses whose marriage is irretrievably broken dissolve their marriage. Florida courts throughout the state have been unevenly adjudicating petitions for divorce by same-sex partners, with some granting the divorce and others denying it.
The Letter to the Editor (which can be found by clicking here and scrolling down) is reproduced below:
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Tampa Attorney Adam B. Cordover recently presented in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, at the 15th Annual Networking and Educational Forum of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ("IACP"). Adam presented on the topic of How Practice Groups Create Successful Collaborators.
Adam is president of Next Generation Divorce, Florida's largest practice group of collaborative family law attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals. Adam co-presented with collaborative law leaders from around the U.S. and Canada: Susan Buniva, a mental health professional from Richmond, Virginia; Joelle Adelson, a lawyer from Oakville, Ontario; Deborah Conflenti, a lawyer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amy Stewart, a lawyer from Indianapolis, Indiana; Kevin Scudder, a lawyer from Seattle, Washington; and Brian Galbraith, an attorney from Barrie, Ontario.
The presentation was the capstone of a year long program of the Inaugural IACP Leadership Academy. The purpose of the IACP Leadership Academy was 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 Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC) is an organization of judicial, legal, mental health, financial and related professionals utilizing education, research and advocacy to improve the lives of children and families through the collaborative resolution of family conflict.
Other guest presenters included Sammi Siegel, Ph.D., and George Melendez, Esq. The Florida Collaborative Trainers consist of Robert J. Merlin, Esq., Rosemarie Roth, Esq., Edward S. Sachs, CPA, and Lana M. Stern, Ph.D.
high profile court matter. My client, a woman, married another woman in Massachusetts, eventually moved to Florida, and later the parties determined that the marriage was irretrievably broken. The two women then went through the collaborative process, came to a full settlement agreement, and formed a united front before a Hillsborough County judge as they requested a dissolution of their marriage.
The trial court ultimately denied their request, determining that, because Florida does not recognize marriage between two people of the same sex, the court did not have jurisdiction to grant a divorce.
The parties appealed to the Second District Court of Appeals, and at the same time they requested that the case be certified directly to the Florida Supreme Court. They argued that the issue of whether two women who married in another jurisdiction can be divorced in Florida is of great public importance and affects the administration of justice throughout the state. In the request, we pointed out that some judges in Florida were granting divorces to same sex spouses, and so the issue was being unevenly adjudicated depending on which part of the state couples lived in. The request for certification was denied by a panel of Second District judges.
The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar soon requested that they be permitted to file a brief in the case. The Section sought to file "as a matter of family and matrimonial lawyers seeking finality and certainty in their area of practice, and to promote and protect the rights of all Floridians equally to access our court system and to rely upon the legal rights and obligations of civil marriage." The Section's request was granted.
In the meantime, several cases involving similar issues began making headway throughout the state. Monroe and Miami-Dade County judges declared Florida's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional for purposes of the state granting marriage licenses to same sex couples. Those decisions were stayed pending appeal by the attorney general's office. Further, a Broward judge declared the ban unconstitutional and determined that is could and should grant a dissolution of a civil union between two women. The attorney general's office is still determining whether it will appeal this matter.
In light of these decisions, the entire Second District Court of Appeals decided to revisit the issue of certification, and in a 10-3 ruling, determined that the Tampa same sex divorce case should be certified directly to the Florida Supreme Court. In its opinion, the appellate court stated,
Judge Altenbernd, however, wrote a dissenting opinion determining that the Second District Court of Appeals should not be certified to the Florida Supreme Court:
Ultimately, the Florida Supreme Court sided with Judge Altenbernd, declined at this time to accept jurisdiction over the case, and remanded the matter back to the Second District Court of Appeals. Though this results in the case going through the regular course of appeals, it did not in any way suggest that either the Second DCA or the Florida Supreme Court would in the end rule against the parties' right to dissolve their marriage.
In another development, the Cities of St. Petersburg, Miami Beach, and Orlando (among others) filed a motion for leave to file a brief in the case. In their motion, the Cities state,
The appellate court has yet to make a ruling on the Cities' request.
What is also up in the air is whether Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, will make an appearance in this matter. For whatever it is worth, we encourage the Attorney General to make an appearance. There is no better demonstration of the lack of any legitimate state interest for preventing two women from divorcing than having someone attempt to argue its rationality.
In any event, this Firm will continue to fight for resolution for its clients, and, in the meantime, advocate for marriage and divorce equality.
Below are links to recent articles in this matter: