If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Florida, you might have found yourself wondering about the best path forward when it comes to family law matters. We get it—navigating the legal landscape can be confusing and overwhelming, and now is not the time for a lawyer to judge you or your family. But fear not! At Family Diplomacy, we’ve got your back. Our mission is to provide you with an open, friendly, and supportive environment as we work together to tailor LGBTQ+ Family Law solutions that perfectly suit your unique needs. And we help families throughout the State of Florida.
Crafting Harmony through Collaborative Family Law
Picture this: you’ve got personal family matters to resolve, but you’re dreading the thought of entering a public adversarial court system. Guess what? You don’t have to go that route. Family Diplomacy recommends a much more peaceful alternative for Florida and Tampa Bay LGBTQ+ spouses and partners: Collaborative Family Law.
Here’s the scoop: in this process, attorneys are on board solely to help you reach private resolutions. We’re actually barred from fighting before a judge. Plus, there’s a facilitator—usually a trained mental health professional—who’s there to keep everyone focused on what’s best for the family, including any children involved. This person ensures that communication remains respectful and productive. And since financial matters can be complex, especially for LGBTQ+ relationships, a financial professional might step in to guide you through the intricacies of assets and debts.
Meet the Collaborative Guru: Adam B. Cordover
Let us introduce you to an intellectual leader in collaborative practice—Adam B. Cordover. He’s not just any lawyer; he’s an internationally-recognized leader and trainer in collaborative practice. He’s even presented on the use of collaborative practice for LGBTQ+ family law matters to professional and civic groups around the U.S., Canada, France, and Israel, and across Florida including in Tampa, Sarasota, and Orlando, Jacksonville, Boca Raton, and beyond. Adam is also co-author of an American Bar Association book on collaborative family law, a member of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and recipient of the inaugural Visionary Award from the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. You’re in good hands!
LGBTQ+ Child Custody and Parenting Plans: Breaking Down the Myths
Being a gay, lesbian, or transgender parent can bring up concerns about child custody. Will your sexual orientation or gender identity negatively impact the outcome? Rest assured, Florida case law establishes that being LGBTQ+ can’t affect your custody rights. And guess what? Adam B. Cordover has championed child custody rights for unique family configurations. Your LGBTQ+ Family Law matter is safe with us.
Untangling the Knot: Same-Sex Divorce
If you’re facing a same-sex divorce, you’re not alone. Adam B. Cordover has been at the forefront of this issue in Florida. He was right there in the first same-sex divorce case challenging discriminatory legislation, including the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and Florida’s constitutional ban prohibiting recognition of same-sex relationships. Got questions about divorce? Concerns about your kids, your money, and your property? Wondering how to navigate the process? Adam’s got the answers, and he’s ready to guide you.
Adoption: Opening Doors for LGBTQ+ Families
Remember when Florida used to bar gay and lesbian individuals from adopting children? Well, times have changed. There are adoption options available for the LGBTQ+ community now. Curious about same-sex adoptions, becoming a second parent, or even a stepparent or relative adoption? Family Diplomacy is your one-stop shop for getting a clear picture of your family rights and crafting a personalized plan that fits like a glove.
Your Identity, Your Name: Navigating Legal Changes
If you’re looking to change your name to honor your partner, give your family a united surname, or reflect your or your child’s true transgender identity, Family Diplomacy is here to make the legal process a as smooth as possible.
So, there you have it—a comprehensive guide to LGBTQ+ Family Law in Florida. At Family Diplomacy, we’re not just legal experts; we’re your allies on this journey, committed to offering understanding, support, and tailored solutions that empower you and your family. Let’s work together to create a brighter future, one legal step at a time. We help families throughout the entire State of Florida, and we also have offices in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and Sarasota