LGBT FAMILY LAW IN FLORIDA
Given the current state of the laws in Florida, members of the LGBT community often wonder where to turn for advice and help on handling family law issues. Family Diplomacy prides itself on offering an open, friendly, and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. We will strive to find a solution that is tailored to you and your family’s needs.
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW FOR SAME SEX SPOUSES AND PARTNERS
Rather than go through the public adversarial court system to resolve personal family matters, Family Diplomacy recommends that Tampa Bay same sex spouses and partners utilize the private, respectful dispute resolution process of Collaborative Family Law.
In the Collaborative Process, attorneys are retained solely to settle disputes privately and are contractually barred from bringing contested issues to be decided by a judge. A facilitator, who is normally a trained mental health professional, is engaged to keep everyone focused on the best interests of the family and the children, if any, and to keep communication respectful and productive. A financial professional is involved to help untangle the combined assets and debts of the parties (under Florida and Federal law, this can be an especially technical undertaking for same sex relationships) and provide options for support.
Adam B. Cordover is an internationally-recognized leader and trainer in collaborative practice. He has presented on the topic of the use of collaborative practice for LGBT families in Florida to judges, attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals in Tampa, Sarasota, and Orlando. He is also a co-author of an upcoming American Bar Association book on collaborative family law.
LGBT CHILD CUSTODY RIGHTS AND PARENTING PLANS
Gay and lesbian parents often fear that their sexual orientation will be a negative determining factor in a child custody case. Fortunately, there is a body of Florida case law which stands for the proposition that the mere fact that a parent is gay cannot affect that parent’s custody rights. Attorney Adam B. Cordover has successfully argued for child custody rights on behalf of alternative families.
SAME SEX DIVORCE
Adam B. Cordover has been on the cutting edge of the issue of same-sex divorce in Florida. He was involved in the first same-sex divorce case in the state to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act and Constitutional Amendment barring recognition of same-sex marriages. Contact us to find out how we may be able to help your family.
SECOND PARENT ADOPTION, STEPPARENT ADOPTION, AND OTHER ADOPTION OPTIONS
As recently as a few years ago, Florida banned gay and lesbian individuals from adopting children. However, Florida now has adoption options for the LGBT community. You may have questions regarding same sex adoptions or the possibility to become a second parent to your partner’s children. You may even now be eligible for a stepparent adoption! Family Diplomacy will provide you with an overview of your family rights and tailor a plan for your specific situation.
NAME CHANGE FOR LGBT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Whether you wish to honor your partner by taking on his or her last name, you wish your family to all have the same surname, or you are a transgender individual who wants have a legal name change, Family Diplomacy can help you traverse the legal process to obtain a legal change of name.