Family Law

The traditional divorce model pits husband versus wife, mother versus father. Collaborative Law is a refreshing team-oriented alternative. Each client retains a separate attorney whose job is to counsel the client and help resolve disputes. The attorneys work together to help both clients meet their needs. Open communication is advanced by a trained facilitator, while support and property options are developed by a neutral financial professional. The clients, attorneys, and other team members agree beforehand that the matter will not be brought into the court system until a full agreement is reached.

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO FAMILY MATTERS

The Collaborative Process allows for flexible, creative solutions to a family law matter. The team explores options that look beyond a legal framework by incorporating the skills and expertise of the facilitator and financial professional. Clients are encouraged to focus on the best interests of their family, rather than rigid negotiation positions, to reach their goals. In the unlikely event that a settlement is not reached, the Collaborative attorneys withdraw and litigation lawyers may be retained. The knowledge that the Collaborative attorneys cannot bring the case in front of a judge further permits the parties to speak openly about potential settlement options (and frees attorneys from conducting exhaustive, costly opposition research).

Interview: Mosten on Peacemaker Practice Self Survey

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.

You can find the Peacemaker Practice Self Survey reproduced below.

PEACEMAKER PRACTICE SELF-SURVEY

Forrest S. Mosten and Kevin Scudder[1]

Peacemaker Professionals are lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial professionals who deliver services to clients in a number of roles: Advisor, Information Provider, Organizer, Legal Counselor, Mediator, Evaluator, and other forms as service-provider.

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Lawyer Review: My Personal Lawyer Forever

We at Family Diplomacy appreciate all of our clients’ reviews.  Recently, a client left a review on Avvo.com.

Please note that every family’s case is different, and we cannot guaranty that your family’s outcome will be the same or similar.

My personal lawyer for ever.

5.0 stars

Posted by Stephen

They made the experience like working with family, they explained everything so that I understood anything that I needed to know. I always felt as though they always had my best interests in mind on a personal level.

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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.

Lawyer Review: Collaborative Divorce Success Story

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.

Collaborative Divorce Success Story

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.

(emphasis added)

-Anonymous

Five Stars

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.

A Paralegal at a Collaborative Family Law Firm

By Jennifer Gunnin, Florida Registered Paralegal at Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm

I have been a paralegal at a collaborative family law practice for the past seven years. I am grateful to be helpful to families during a difficult time. People need and appreciate our sensitivity, compassion, and consideration for every aspect of what they are going through, including the financial strain.

I help clients going through collaborative divorce, but I also assist clients who need help in mediation, or direct negotiations or other unbundled services. Moreover, I am there for clients who use our law firm for adoptions or legal name changes.

One of the most important services I offer to clients as a paralegal when someone hires our law firm is a lower hourly rate. Clients are relieved to learn that I will be drafting most of their legal documents and financial disclosures at a lower hourly rate than the attorney.

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Cordover Speaks at Reimagining Advocacy Conference

Family Diplomacy managing attorney Adam B. Cordover recently spoke at the Reimagining Advocacy conference held at Stetson University in Gulfport, Florida.  Cordover spoke on the topic of “Training Divorce Lawyers to Become Peacemakers.”

Center for Excellence in Advocacy

The conference was sponsored by Stetson University Law School’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy.  According to the Center’s website:

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy promotes the continuing development of unparalleled advocacy skills through teaching, scholarship and research.

Stetson Law’s Advocacy Resource Center offers instruction to a worldwide audience through online video presentations by experts in the field of advocacy.

The Stetson Law community is committed to the concept of the complete advocate – one who commands a superior understanding of the law, the ability to persuasively present evidence, and the humanity to know when to do the right thing.

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Forrest S. Mosten Coming To Tampa April 2020!

Collaborative Practice, mediation, and unbundled legal service guru Forrest S. Mosten will be coming to Tampa April 13-14, 2020.  Along with Family Diplomacy managing attorney Adam B. Cordover, Mosten will be leading a Master Training on Building Your Successful Collaborative and Mediation Practice.

Mosten and Cordover are co-editors and co-authors of the 2018 American Bar Association breakout book, “Building Your Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice.”  They have also trained about Collaborative Practice and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution around the world.

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Who:  Forrest S. Mosten and Adam B. Cordover

What: Master Training on Building Your Successful Collaborative and Mediation Practice

When:  April 13-14, 2020

Where: Stetson Tampa Law Center, 1700 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

Cost:  $645 early bird pricing prior to March 13, 2020, $745 beginning March 13, 2020

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Cordover Teaches Collaborative Law Course in France

Family Diplomacy managing attorney Adam B. Cordover just returned from Aix-en-Provence, France, after teaching a Collaborative Law course.  Cordover taught the course alongside Tampa psychologist Jeremy S. Gaies.  Cordover and Gaies are both lead trainers with Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainers.

The course was hosted by the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Médiation et Négociation (“IHEMN”) as two-days within a broader 200-hour class.  Those who wish to become mediators in France must take this (or a similar) 200-hour class.  Twenty-six people attended the course, and among them were lawyers, entrepreneurs, police officers, and retired judges.

Curriculum of Collaborative Law Course

The title of the two-day course was “Collaborative Practice in the USA: An Intercultural Advanced Training.”  It included the following modules:

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Collaborative Lawyer Review

We at Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm, are grateful for the opportunity to help our clients through difficult times.   One such client, from a collaborative family law matter, was kind enough to leave a review on Avvo.com.

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Mosten Cordover Training San Diego September 2019

• Do you want more collaborative cases?

• Are you looking to conduct more mediations?

• Can you imagine a day where your peacemaking practice is so profitable that you no longer need to take litigation matters?

Building a Successful Collaborative and Mediation Practice

With Forrest Mosten and
Guest Trainer, Adam B. Cordover of Tampa, FL

San Diego, California
September 27-28, 2019

Tuition Discounts for:
• Early Bird Registration
• IACP Membership
• 3 or More Participants from same Collaborative Practice Group


 

This workshop will provide you with the real-world tools and ideas that can help you transform your practice. Now is the time to take the future of your career in your own hands and learn how you can become a full-time peacemaker.

Using concepts and practice forms from their 2018 ABA Book, Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice and Woody’s classics, Mediation Career Guide and Collaborative Divorce Handbook, Adam and Woody will take you step by step how to build and grow your practice, including:

• Standing Out In A Crowded Marketplace
• Tailoring Models of Collaborative Practice to Meet a Families’ Needs
• Utilizing Interdisciplinary Models of Mediation
• Creating a Menu of Peacemaking Services
• Exploring New Opportunities in Preventative Dispute Resolution
• Much Much More

This course has been adopted by both the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the ABA and has been highly praised by past participants when it was held in Seattle (twice with Kevin Scudder), Chicago (3 times with Carl Michael Rossi), Tampa (with Adam Cordover) Coral Gables (with Enid Miller Ponn), New York City (with Ken Neumann), Los Angeles, Minneapolis (With Ron Ousky), Boston (with David Hoffman), Toronto, Marin County (with Steve Rosenberg) and other venues.

Mosten Mediation and Collaborative Training is an Approved CLE Provider for the California State Bar (including Family Law Specialization) and CAMFT for Marriage and Child Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

 


Woody’s Minneapolis training on Getting More Cases has truly set the Iowa Collaborative practice group on fire — several of us have found all sorts of magical things zhappening since we’ve been back in Des Moines. It’s amazing what happens when you begin to think more creatively about your practice and how to use collaborative law skills to better serve your clients. I’ve attended a lot of trainings in my career and his is top notch. I highly recommend Woody’s training.

Kimberly Graham, Collaborative Attorney and Mediator

West Des Moines, IA

www.GrahamLawCollaborative.com

 

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Forrest (Woody) Mosten is in collaborative law and mediation practice with offices in San Diego and Los Angeles. He specializes in matters involving complex legal and financial issues and high conflict parties. Woody is the author of Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice (ABA, 2018, with Adam B. Cordover), Unbundled Legal Services (ABA, 2017, with Elizabeth Potter Scully), Collaborative Divorce Handbook (Jossey-Bass, 2010), The Complete Guide to Mediation, 2nd Edition (ABA, 2015 with Elizabeth Potter Scully) and Mediation Career Guide Jossey-Bass, 2001).

Adam B. Cordover is a member of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and co-chair and instructor of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals Leadership Institute. He is co-author with Forrest “Woody” Mosten of Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, published by the American Bar Association in 2018. In 2015, Adam stopped taking litigation cases and now practices exclusively in out-of-court dispute resolution.

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Jewish Press Spotlights Cordover

The Jewish Press of Tampa, in its September 21, 2018 edition, spotlighted Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm and its managing attorney, Adam B. Cordover.  Below you will find the spotlight:

Name of Business: Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm

Location: 412 E. Madison St., Suite 824, Tampa

Ownership: Adam B. Cordover, graduate of Jewish Leadership Training Institute 2010

Q What services do you offer?

A Collaborative Divorce and Family Law, Mediation, Unbundled Legal Services, Adoptions, Name Changes

Q What inspires your work and sets you apart from everyone else?

A My firm focuses on helping people through difficult times in the least painful way possible. That is why we specialize in collaborative family law, where the children are the top priority and where respect and privacy are fostered.

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