The April 2016 edition of Florida Trend Magazine featured Family Diplomacy managing attorney Adam B. Cordover in an article on Collaborative Divorce. The article, titled “Avoiding a Fracas with Collaborative Divorce” (subscription required), described benefits and drawbacks of collaborative practice for executives and business owners.
You can find excerpts from the article below:
Last July, five years after launching his practice, divorce attorney Adam Cordover decided he was finished going to court. “I’d spent most of my career fighting in court for clients and had seen the devastating effects. I’d seen clients literally go crazy,” says Cordover. “I decided I no longer wanted to be part of it.”
He converted his firm to a litigation-free practice focused on what’s known as collaborative law. In a collaborative divorce, a couple agrees to settle their differences outside the courtroom through negotiations.
Collaborative divorce is successful about 90% of the time, according to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Practitioners say it is quicker than the alternative. While divorce litigation can drag on 16 to 18 months, collaborative divorces can be settled in 16 to 18 weeks. A couple with few debts and assets and no children may be able to reach a suitable agreement in just one meeting, says Cordover, though most cases required between two and four meetings to work out the details.
The confidentiality of collaborative divorce is also appealing. Dirty laundry stays private. Collaborative divorce is also a good option for gay and lesbian couples and families “because that laws of Florida have not yet caught up with the reality of families in Florida,” says Cordover.
You can find a PDF of the article by clicking the following link: 2016-04 Florida Trend Avoiding a Fracas – Collaborative Divorce.
Florida Trend Magazine’s print edition has about 59,000 subscribers and 250,000 monthly readers. Eighty-two percent of its readership are executives, owners, managers, and professionals.
If you have questions about how collaborative divorce can help your family handle tough times privately and respectfully, 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 co-author of an upcoming American Bar Association book on Building A Collaborative Family Law Practice and trains attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals in collaborative family law. He is on the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Executive Board of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.