Collaborative Divorce Fitting the Pieces Together: A Basic Interdisciplinary Training
|A unique, interdisciplinary collaborative divorce training that presents the Collaborative Process step by step, from the client’s first contact with counsel through the execution of the parties’ settlement agreement. It is a creative and innovative approach that provides a toolbox of readily usable skills. The attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals all remain together throughout the training allowing each professional to understand the role and the integration of each discipline in the process. The training presents an actual case filled with twists, turns, drama and surprises that keep the attendees engaged while teaching the necessary basic skills.|
||Price: $445.00 Early Registration
$495.00 After November 1, 2012
|Starts:||11/9/2012 00:00 8:30am|
|Ends:||11/10/2012 00:00 5:00pm|
Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel
3900 NW 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33142
|Contact:||Sammi Siegel, Ph.D.
Phone: (305) 445-0477
|Description:||Collaborative divorce offers an alternative to a traditional Court model. It is a non-litigated,
non-adversarial process that utilizes an interdisciplinary team of specially trained professionals. The team, made up of two Collaboratively trained attorneys, one mental health professional and one financial professional, work together with the parties in a series of joint meetings to help the
parties resolve all of the issues in their divorce. The parties voluntarily agree to abide by a non-litigated process: no depositions, subpoenas or opposing experts. The attorneys advocate for
their clients, but share a common goal of facilitating mutual agreement between the parties.
Financial costs are frequently lower and the emphasis is on cooperation and privacy. Through the Collaborative Process, the parties are empowered to control their own divorce instead of
someone else dictating to them what they must do. Either party may “opt-out” and pursue traditional litigation, in which case the entire interdisciplinary team is disqualified from
representing the parties in court.|
|Presenters:||ROBERT J. MERLIN, ESQ.
Bob practices law in Coral Gables, specializing in Collaborative Family Law. He is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida, Collaborative Family Law Institute (President) and Collaborative Family Professionals of South Florida. Bob lectures regularly on collaborative family law. He is on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Parenting Coordinators Advisory Board, The Florida Bar Family Law Section Legislation Committee and is Co-Chair of its Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee. Bob has law and accounting degrees from the University of Florida.
ROSEMARIE S. ROTH, ESQ.
J.D., 1983, Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Roth is a member of The Florida Bar, the Dade County and South Miami-Kendall bar associations, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and is founding President of the Collaborative Family Lawyers Institute and of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida, Inc. She is a certified family mediator and sole practitioner in Miami, a principal in the Florida Collaborative Trainers. Inc. and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law in Collaborative Family Law.
EDWARD S. SACHS, CPA
Ed has spent over 20 years as a forensic accountant building an expertise in litigation and valuation matters. After four years with a national accounting firm and four and a half years with a large local firm, he spent ten years in solo practice assisting attorneys and clients throughout South Florida in the analysis and presentation of complex accounting and valuation matters in the litigation arena. Mr. Sachs joined the firm of Appelrouth Farah & Co. in 1999 as Director of the Litigation Services Department supervising all business valuations, forensic accounting and ad valorem tax appeals handled by the firm. He serves as an expert witness in Federal and Circuit Courts and as a forensic accounting and valuation consultant to legal counsel. His experience as a Neutral Forensic Accountant in traditional cases has enabled him to work as a Neutral Financial Professional in collaborative cases..
LANA M. STERN, Ph.D.
A licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified parent coordinator and Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator and has been in private practice in Coral Gables, Florida for 25 years. She is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute of Miami and is the immediate past Vice President. She taught the divorce education course as part of a private group “Positive Transitions”. She has co-authored the chapter on “Collaborative Law” in the Florida Bar CLE book Florida Dissolution of Marriage, was an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University and co-taught the first Collaborative Divorce course at the University of Miami Law School. She is a principal in the Florida Collaborative Trainers, Inc., an interdisciplinary training group.
The Collaborative Family Law Institute
|Further Program Info:||
|Trainer verifies that he/she meets IACP Minimum Standards for Collaborative Trainers|
|Trainer verifies that training meets IACP standards for Basic Training|