As one of my last duties as president of Next Generation Divorce, I had the opportunity to induct Judge Ashley Moody of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit as an Honorary Member of the collaborative practice group at our December holiday party. Judge Moody, based out of the Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa, Florida, has been a strong supporter of the use of collaborative family law as a method to help families resolve issues related to divorce and other matters in a private, nonadversarial, and respectful setting.
Judge Moody’s induction into Next Generation Divorce was announced in the January 15th edition of the Florida Bar News:
13TH CIRCUIT JUDGE ASHLEY MOODY was inducted as an honorary member of Next Generation Divorce, in recognition of her work in promoting collaborative family law. Next Generation Divorce is a 501(c)(3) collaborative practice group, with member attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals covering the Sixth, 12th, and 13th circuits. Pictured are Judge Moody, left, along with Next Generation Divorce President Adam B. Cordover.
Judge Moody was elected in 2006 as a circuit court judge. At age 31, she was the youngest circuit court judge in the history of the State of Florida. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as President of Blue Key at University of Florida, Assistant to the American Bar Association President, Federal Prosecutor, and Associate at Holland & Knight.
Judge Moody has served on the criminal bench, juvenile delinquency court, and domestic relations division. Judge Moody recently returned to the criminal division after serving with the family law judges since 2013.
Judge Moody provided input that lead to a revision of the participation agreements and other collaborative document used in the Tampa Bay collaborative family law community. In 2014-2015, Judge Moody served as the judicial liaison to the Collaborative Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She has become an advocate for collaborative practice, creating a poster on collaborative law that could be seen as litigants entered her courtroom and the courtroom of her colleagues. As a faculty member training newly elected and appointed family law judges throughout Florida, Judge Moody taught new judges about collaborative practice and the potential it has for helping families.
Judge Moody becomes Next Generation Divorce’s third Honorary Member, joining Judge Catherine Catlin and Judge Laurel Lee as previous inductees.
If you have questions about how collaborative divorce can help your family through tough times, schedule a consultation with Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form.
Adam B. Cordover practices exclusively in out-of-court dispute resolution with a focus on collaborative divorce and family law, mediation, direct negotiations, and unbundled legal services. Adam is co-author with internationally-renowned author and lawyer Forrest (Woody) Mosten of an upcoming American Bar Association title on building a collaborative law practice. Adam serves on the Executive Board of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.