Firm News and Notes

Cordover Leads Townhall Discussion at Florida Collaborative Conference

posted May 17, 2015, 9:08 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated May 17, 2015, 9:09 AM ]

On May 16, 2015, Tampa collaborative attorney Adam B. Cordover led a townhall-style discussion and debate at the Third Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida.  

The discussion was part of a workshop co-developed and co-moderated by Enid Miller Ponn, a South Florida collaborative attorney and Director of the Center for Collaborative Divorce and Mediation, along with Barbara Kelly, an Orlando psychologist and Executive Board Officer of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  The workshop was titled "The Collaborative Multiverse: Is there Really only ONE set of rules?"

The workshop was attended by collaborative divorce leaders and professionals from throughout the state, and spurred on lively debates about customs and best practices for helping clients through divorce via non-adversarial methods.

If you want to learn more about collaborative divorce, 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 a frequent speaker on the topic of how interdisciplinary collaborative practice can help families, and he has been interviewed about collaborative divorce by NBC 8, Fox 13, ABC Action News, Bay News 9, the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Tampa Tribune, and the World of Collaborative Practice Magazine.

Law Firm Proud To Sponsor Divorce Without Destruction Podcast

posted May 11, 2015, 10:10 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:10 AM ]

Back HomeThe Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Divorce Without Destruction Podcast.  Divorce Without Destruction is hosted by Garin Vick, a licensed psychologist as well as a Collaborative Facilitator, Parenting Coordinator, and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator.

Dr. Vick started the Divorce Without Destruction Podcast to focus on the Collaborative Divorce process and provide information and resources before, during, and after divorce.  Dr. Vick has interviewed interesting and passionate professionals working within the field of collaborative divorce and shares their stories with his listeners.  

Dr. Vick's goal is to leave his listeners with valuable information and resources to co-parent in healthy ways. 

If you have legal questions about how the collaborative process can help your family through divorce, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form

Attorney Cordover Runs in Tampa Gator Club 5K

posted Apr 26, 2015, 12:44 PM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Apr 26, 2015, 12:44 PM ]

gator5kOn April 25, 2015, collaborative family law attorney Adam B. Cordover ran in the Gator 5K, an event organized by the Tampa Gator Club to raise funds for scholarships to local students who attend or will attend the University of Florida.  

The Tampa Gator Club is a non-profit, affiliated organization of the University of Florida Alumni Association and exists to support the mission of teaching, research, and service, for both the Alumni Association and the University of Florida.  There are nearly 100 Gator Clubs around the world and the Tampa Gator Club is the second largest in the nation.  On an annual basis, the Tampa Gator Club awards over $10,000 in scholarships to University of Florida freshman from the Tampa Bay area and through the UFAA.

Cordover graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 with a Bachelors in Political Science and Jewish Studies and a Certificate in International Affairs.  He served as a student leader in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Jewish Student Union, College of Liberal Arts and Science Student Council, and Student Government Cabinet for Student Advocacy.

To learn how collaborative law can help your family, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., call us at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form.

Cordover Presents on Collaborative Divorce and Blogging

posted Mar 22, 2015, 7:22 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 7:22 AM ]

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.

Cordover Quoted in Tampa Tribune Same Sex Divorce Article

posted Feb 20, 2015, 11:55 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 11:57 AM ]

IA908834_large.jpgCollaborative 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:

A Tampa couple wed in Massachusetts have been fighting for the right to divorce; state courts have not yet definitively ruled whether to recognize same-sex couples statewide.

“It would not make sense for the clerks to issue marriage licenses that the courts do not recognize,” said attorney Adam Cordover, who represents Keiba Lynn Shaw in her bid to divorce Mariama Changamire Shaw. “It just absolutely would not make sense to do that. But ultimately, the state courts may want to make up their own mind on the merits.”

The anticipated same-sex marriage licenses are the result of a federal judge’s ruling in Tallahassee that the state’s constitutional and legislative bans violate the federal constitution. A stay of that federal ruling will expire on Tuesday, opening the gates to same-sex marriages in Florida.

In the meantime, the Shaws’ divorce case is pending before the 2nd District Court of Appeal. The couple are seeking to overturn a decision in May by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee that she could not dissolve a marriage that legally does not exist in the state of Florida.

Lawyers said they’re waiting for the appellate court to schedule oral arguments in the Shaw divorce case.

But last week, another state appellate court, the 3rd District Court of Appeal in South Florida, issued a ruling denying a same-sex divorce. In that case, the couple married in Iowa in 2009 and later moved to Florida. The women, Sarah Oliver and Heather Ann Stufflebeam, filed for divorce in Miami-Dade, but were denied.

“The state could conceivably take the position that there will be these marriage licenses - we’re just not going to recognize them,” Cordover said.

“Simply stated,” the appellate court wrote, “one cannot dissolve a marriage where there is not a marriage to dissolve.” Granting a divorce, the court said, “concedes that a valid marriage in fact exists.”

That ruling came exactly a week after a Broward Circuit judge granted another same-sex couple a divorce.

Unlike the Miami-Dade couple, the Shaws in Tampa are challenging the constitutionality of the state bans.

Brett Rahall, who is representing Mariama Shaw, said they also included the same argument about the law not applying to divorces but felt that claim was their weakest point.

The 3rd DCA ruling is “kind of messed up, Rahall said. And it’s made the legal status “even more muddy.”

“The state could conceivably take the position that there will be these marriage licenses - we’re just not going to recognize them,” Cordover said.

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The Shaws worked out their differences through a process known as collaborative divorce. They are seeking only a legal ruling that their marriage has ended.

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.

If you have questions regarding Florida LGBT family law rights and you want to speak with an attorney experienced in the field, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form.

Cordover Guest Speaker at Boca Raton Collaborative Meeting

posted Feb 17, 2015, 2:11 PM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 11:56 AM ]

Choose CollaborativeTampa 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.

Tampa Collaborative Divorce Firm Sponsors WUSF / NPR

posted Feb 9, 2015, 8:21 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 8:21 AM ]

You may have recently heard the following announcement on WUSF/NPR:   "Sponsored by The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, offering Collaborative Divorce, a private, child-focused family law process . . .  without litigation.  Information is available at  813-443-0615 or ABCFamilyLaw.com."

The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., is proud to announce its sponsorship of WUSF 89.7, Tampa Bay's public media and NPR station.  WUSF 89.7 broadcasts local, statewide and national news, and all night jazz.  Locally produced programs like Florida Matters provide listeners local content on local issues.  As West Central Florida's NPR station, WUSF carries flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, that bring you national news at its best.  WUSF serves members and listeners from Crystal River in the North, to Port Charlotte in the South, and Osceola County to the East.

Tampa Bay Times Interviews Attorney Cordover on Same-Sex Divorce

posted Jan 17, 2015, 8:34 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Jan 17, 2015, 8:34 AM ]

Tampa Bay family law attorney Adam B. Cordover was recently interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times on the issue of same-sex divorce.  Below is an excerpt:

Although a federal judge has made it clear that county clerks across Florida must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, other issues related to gay marriage await clarification.

Divorce is one. Tampa lawyer Adam Cordover is representing a same-sex couple who married in another state but whose divorce was refused in a Florida court.

"My expectations are that more judges will ultimately grant more divorces (after Tuesday)," Cordover said, "but it's still unclear."

And there are other questions. Will the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issue new driver's licenses to same-sex couples who changed their name? Will the nonbiological parent in a same-sex marriage be able to add his or her name to the child's birth certificate? Will government agencies in Florida be required to insure the spouses of gay employees, as they do for straight couples?

Unless the governor's or attorney general's offices provide further guidance to executive departments, agencies and administrations, these questions could remain unanswered until each one is tested in court, Cordover said.

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.

Fox 13 Interviews Cordover on Latest Gay Marriage Rulings

posted Dec 24, 2014, 7:42 AM by Adam Cordover   [ updated Dec 24, 2014, 7:43 AM ]

Attorney Adam B. Cordover was recently interview on Fox 13 Tampa Bay about the latest Florida court cases related to same-sex marriage and divorce.  You can see the video interview at the following link:  http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/clip/10968105/latest-gay-marriage-ruling.

Adam is a strong supporter of Florida LGBT Family Law Rights and is experienced in challenging Florida's laws when they infringe upon those rights.

Call to Accept Same-Sex Divorce Cases in Florida Bar News

posted Nov 22, 2014, 6:14 AM by Adam Cordover

The Florida Bar News recently published a Letter to the Editor submitted by Tampa collaborative lawyer 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:

Same-Sex Divorce

On August 27, the Second District Court of Appeal certified Shaw v. Shaw to the Florida Supreme Court. Shaw involves two women who lawfully married in Massachusetts and moved to Tampa. They separated, came to full settlement via the interdisciplinary collaborative process, and petitioned in the 13th Judicial Circuit to dissolve their marriage. Their petition was dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and the parties appealed.

In the certification order, Judge Altenbernd authored a dissenting opinion in which he wrote, “Given that same-sex marriages are a recent development in other states, I am not convinced that Florida’s courts will be clogged in the next three years with out-of-state same-sex couples seeking dissolution. I cannot certify that this order will have ‘a great effect on the proper administration of justice through the state’ requiring immediate review in the Supreme Court.”

On September 5, the Supreme Court declined jurisdiction, citing Judge Altenbernd’s dissent, and sent the case back to the Second District.

Though Judge Altenbernd is correct in that same-sex spouses have not been clogging the courts to get divorced, he may be wrong in his assertion that the reason is because same-sex marriage is a recent development. What is more likely accurate is that we family law attorneys have been blocking LGBT families’ access to the courts.

And not without reason. Most of us figured that if same-sex marriage is not recognized in the state, then Florida courts could not dissolve those marriages. And so we said, “There is nothing I can do for you.”

But now we are coming to the realization that a law that affects the fundamental right to marry and seeks to prevent same-sex couples from enjoying the right cannot rationally be related to preventing same-sex spouses from dissolving their out-of-state marriage.

We should now take on these cases, while letting clients know that the law is in flux. We should review our Oath of Admission: “I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.”  

We should properly administer justice.
 
Adam B. Cordover
Tampa

The Florida Bar News is sent to the the nearly 100,000 licensed attorneys in the state.

If you have questions regarding your Florida family law rights, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or by filling out our contact form.

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