The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals promulgates Minimum Standards to hold oneself out as a collaborative professional. Those standards include a requirement that each collaborative professional attend a 2-day introductory collaborative training where they learn the process, skills, theories, and ethics of collaborative practice.
On April 29-30, Family Diplomacy managing attorney Adam B. Cordover conducted an introductory training, alongside internationally renowned collaborative trainer and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Anne R. Lucas of Kirkland, Washington, and highly experienced collaborative financial neutral and Certified Public Accountant/Accredited in Business Valuation Kristin DiMeo of Tampa, Florida.
The training took place in Lakewood Ranch, Manatee County, Florida. It was sponsored by Next Generation Divorce, one of the nation’s largest collaborative practice groups, and hosted by Brian Pope, MBA, CDFA, of Divorce Financial Solutions. Brian, along with Sarasota attorneys Sharon O’Day and Tia Jensen, aided in demonstrations of the collaborative process and presented on local practice within the 12th Judicial Circuit.
Nineteen people successfully completed the training. Attendees included attorneys, psychologists, counselors, accountants, and financial planners from throughout Greater Sarasota and Tampa Bay.
Collaborative practice is a private form of dispute resolution becoming more popular in divorce and family law. Clients agree that their attorneys can only be used for the purpose of reaching an out-of-court agreement, and no time, money, or energy will be focused on attacking one another or engaging in contested court proceedings.
If you have questions regarding how collaborative divorce and family law can help your family, schedule a consultation with Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm at (813) 443-0615 or CLICK HERE to fill out our contact form.
Adam B. Cordover is a collaborative trainer and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. He is editor of an upcoming American Bar Association book on building a collaborative law practice. Adam is on the Board of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.