I recently had the pleasure to speak via zoom with a Collaborative Law class at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. I was invited by Joshua Jones, who is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law.
During the class, I was asked to talk about a whole variety of issues related to Collaborative Divorce and Family Law, including the following:
Most people think of divorce as a declaration of war. That is not the way it has to be. Even if there are feelings of anger during separation, parents can work together to determine how they will continue to work together towards the best interests of their children.
In the link to the video below, Anne Lucas, Board Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, interviews Nikki DeBartolo and Ben Heldfond of Tampa Bay. They went through a Collaborative Divorce, and they outlined their experience in their book, Our Happy Divorce.
I recently had the opportunity to interview ADR legend Forrest “Woody” Mosten. Woody has been on the forefront of Mediation and Collaborative Practice and is the founder of Unbundled Legal Services. Woody also happens to be a friend and mentor of mine and my co-author of “Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice” published by the American Bar Association in 2018. You can find the video below.
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Adam B. Cordover is a leader in the international collaborative family law movement. He is co-author of an American Bar Association book on Collaborative Family Law Practice, and he is a member of the board of the International Academy of Collaborative Practice.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage has been known by many names. Tiger King. Joe Exotic. Joseph Schreibvogel. But the legal name, according to reports, of this convicted felon whose story has become a Netflix obsession is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
The Tiger King’s surname is in honor of a late husband and a current husband. Reports are not clear whether his name was legally changed via marriage or through a court process. Regardless, if you are a Florida resident, chances are that you are eligible for a name change.
Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner last week signed an Administrative Order on Parenting Procedures in the Family Division During COVID-19 Pandemic. The Administrative Order covers divorce and parenting/custody matters in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties.
In essence, the Administrative Order directs parents to follow any parenting plan that has been established and cooperate in making alternate arrangements if exchanges were to take place at now-closed schools or daycare. If a parenting plan has not yet been established, the Order directs parents to permit and facilitate access of children to the other parent. The Administrative Order reads, in part, as follows:
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, the Governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency exists, and the Surgeon General and State Health Officer have declared a public health emergency exists, and the Florida State Courts must take steps to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on legal proceedings and participants in those legal proceedings; and
WHEREAS, since March 17,2020, the Florida Supreme Court has issued various Emergency Administrative Orders found at https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency , which include ordering the cancellation or postponement of all non-essential in-person hearings, and this court entered Administrative Order 2020-4.2, setting forth COVID-19 Emergency Procedures and Mission Essential Functions; and
WHEREAS, on April 1, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis entered Executive Order 20-91, referred to as a “Safer at Home” order, which orders all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to reduce the number of “emergency” filings and hearings in family division cases until non-essential in-person hearings resume; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the parties and child(ren) that parents continue to perform their duties and responsibilities of co-parenting, share the additional responsibilities of parenting through this time, and that the parties comply with all existing court orders and court rules; and
NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida, under Rule 2.215 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, it is hereby ORDERED:
We strive to meet our clients’ needs during difficult times, and we are especially appreciative when clients share how we were able to help them. A client recently left a glowing review for Collaborative Divorce services that we provided. The review was left on Avvo.com.
Please note that every family’s situation is different, and we cannot promise the same or similar results for your family.
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I highly recommend Adam Cordover. I had not heard of a collaborative divorce before my therapist recommended I speak with Adam. When I first met with him, he was warm and shared excellent information. I never felt pressured to do anything. I was seeking a divorce after a LONG marriage. There were bumps in the road but with the assistance of Adam and the team he assisted us put together, my former spouse and I were able to conclude a collaborative divorce and remain friends. The team approach allowed my ex-husband and I to turn what could have been a disaster into a continued mutual friendship. From start to finish, approximately 6 months, Adam and Jennifer were there for me every step of the way.
If you are looking for a more peaceful way to go through divorce, we are here to help.
Adam B. Cordover is a leading Collaborative Divorce Lawyer in Tampa Bay who helps clients throughout the State of Florida. He is an American Bar Association published author and member of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Adam has taught lawyers, mental health professionals, financial professionals, and mediators throughout the United States, Canada, France, and Israel how to offer Collaborative services.
Are you heading towards divorce during the coronavirus pandemic? Are you social distancing and not wanting to risk infection by meeting for negotiations in person? Would you prefer to proceed with divorce without getting lawyers involved? Then Online Divorce Mediation may be the best option for you.
The Basics of Divorce Mediation
In Divorce Mediation, whether virtual or in person, you and your spouse together hire a neutral mediator. As the mediator, I cannot make any orders or force you into an agreement. Rather, I help facilitate an agreement between you and your spouse. I can use my general experience and knowledge of the law to provide you with information and help you develop options, though (because I am not acting in the role of a lawyer) I cannot provide legal advice.
These are not normal times, and coronavirus is changing every aspect of life from working, to shopping, to interacting with family. Divorce is not immune to these changes, and the way you approach divorce must, by necessity, be different.
Here are tips on divorcing during coronavirus.
Take a Breath
Divorce is difficult enough in the best of times. During coronavirus, you are likely facing two traumas at once: the end of a relationship with someone you thought you would be with forever, and the upending of your life and inability to go out and be with friends who would otherwise console you. You or your spouse may begin doing things or saying things that seem completely out of character.
Take a breath. A deep breath. Try to center yourself. This is especially important if you have children who are looking to you to be their rock. They, too, are probably frightened, and need you to be stable for them when there is much instability around them.
And even if you do not have children, it is important that you make wise decisions now. After all, these decisions will likely affect the rest of your life. And you may find that these decisions may be easier if you just stop and take a deep breath first.
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