George Melendez is a close friend and colleague of mine here in Tampa, Florida. He is an attorney who, like me, has a firm belief that most families can resolve their disputes outside of court, and he is a strong proponent of collaborative family law.
In a recent post, George laid out his philosophy on collaborative practice and wellness. You can find a portion of the post below.
Being a collaborative professional means being able to find the good in people no matter what they are experiencing. Being a collaborative professional means being a positive example and role model for people.
My transformation began with my education from the Jesuits where I learned the importance of mind, body and soul and the concept of men and women for others. I pursued and gained the ability to pull from within and to introspectively search for meaning in my actions and beliefs during my formative years in the art studio. I learned the value of creativity and the need to see the beauty in the rough uncut rock. I looked in the face of despair and was humbled by lost and unjust odds. I was introduced to families that hurt and who hurt each other by the existence of their own unmanaged devices.
And I saw the light in the collaborative process to help the individual, the family and the community at large. Lastly, I found peace in helping people and letting them know that our team has no intention to make it worse and that we can help them make it better.
My journey leaves off here and I look forward to what is in store tomorrow. I pray for wellbeing and for wellbeing for others and I search for the tools to teach others. I welcome the day where I realize that the chain of dysfunction has been broken by someone I one day meet.
I have had the pleasure of working with George on several collaborative family law cases, and I am always filled with awe at the empathy and creativity he brings to his client, as well as my client.
If you have questions about how collaborative practice can help your family peacefully and privately work through divorce, schedule a consultation with Adam B. Cordover at (813) 443-0615 or CLICK HERE to fill out our contact form.
Adam B. Cordover is former president of Next Generation Divorce, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the use of collaborative practice throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.