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:
- Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, a book I co-edited with Forrest S. Mosten published by the American Bar Association in 2018 and that is part of the class’ curriculum;
- The benefits and potential disadvantages of Collaborative Practice;
- The success rate of Collaborative Practice (including the fact that 94% of the Collaborative matters that I have been involved in have ended in a full resolution);
- Exploring the array of models of Collaborative Practice (including the lawyer-only model, the one-coach/neutral facilitator model, the two-coach model, and Collaborative Mediation);
- The use of Child Specialists;
- Creating safeguards for Collaborative Practice matters that involve domestic violence or mental health issues; and
- Methods for bringing the client’s spouse into the Collaborative Process.
I originally met Professor Jones several years ago when I was teaching an Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law course in Pensacola, Florida, where he formerly resided. Professor Jones was on the Board of the West Florida Collaborative Professionals, an organization made up of lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial professionals helping clients resolve legal disputes in a healthier way. He would go on to become president of WFCP and later Vice President of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, where as a fellow Board member I worked with him frequently.
Professor Jones is now trying to prevent families from going through the trauma of court battles by teaching lawyers-to-be how to resolve family law matters more peacefully.
Adam B. Cordover is one of the most experienced Collaborative Lawyers in Tampa Bay. He has taught professionals methods of alternative dispute resolution throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, and France. Adam is currently accepting cases throughout the State of Florida.