Firm News and Notes
Hillsborough collaborative family law attorney Adam B. Cordover recently had a Letter to the Editor published in the Tampa Bay Times. The letter addressed the unequal legal status of children of same-sex marriages. You can find the text below:
To learn more about Florida LGBT family law rights, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form.
The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover is proud to offer divorce and family law mediation for families throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area. Attorney Adam B. Cordover has successfully completed a 40-hour mediation program sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Collaborative center of the University of South Florida.
Adam B. Cordover is a strong believer that families should settle their disputes privately and without a judge-imposed solution. This new mediation practice strongly compliments this firm's collaborative practice, where Adam has helped many families respectfully resolve disputes.
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In early 2014, Tampa Bay Attorney Adam B. Cordover was retained by a woman going through divorce from her wife, whom she had legally married in Massachusetts. Both parties agreed to proceed through the private, respectful collaborative process with the help of a Neutral Facilitator and Neutral Financial Professional. They were able to reach a full marital settlement agreement in just eight days (side note - this is a quicker resolution than in the typical collaborative divorce).
However, when they petitioned the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County to accept their collaborative marital settlement agreement and dissolve their marriage, their request was denied and their case dismissed. The reasoning was simple: Under Florida's Defense of Marriage Act and Constitutional Amendment, Florida did not recognize a marriage between two women, even for the purpose of dissolving that marriage.
The women appealed, and Cordover remained on the case as an appellate attorney. Florida's Attorney General, Pamela Bondi, intervened as a party to oppose the divorce. The cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Miami Beach, Wilton Manors, Village of Biscayne Park, and Broward County filed a brief supporting the women's right to divorce. Tallahassee and Miami-Dade County later requested to join in support of the right to divorce. The American Civil Liberties Union and Florida Bar Family Law Section also filed a brief in support.
The Second District Court of Appeals asked the Florida Supreme Court to immediately take the case, as it was of such public importance and, the court determined that any delay would have a negative effect on the proper administration of justice. However, the Florida Supreme Court ultimately denied the request, and said that the Second District must hear the issues.
In April 2015, the Second District heard oral arguments. On May 29, 2015, the court announced that the women's marriage should be recognized under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution, and the trial court should grant the divorce.
Certainly, many people helped to make this happen. Debbie Thomson and Lara Davis were co-appellate counsel. Ellen Ware was collaborative attorney for the other party, and she, Brett Rahall, and Bridget Remington were appellate attorneys for the other party. Linda Peterman, LMHC, served as the collaborative facilitator, while John Sullivan, CFP, CDFA, served as the collaborative neutral financial professional.
The Tampa Tribune interviewed Cordover on this victory: "This is a good day for equality...Many people focus on marriage equality, but divorce equality is just as important. Now my client can move on with her life."
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.
The 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.
On 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.
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.
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.