September 26, 2017 – An Overview of Traditional Divorce Proceedings
October 3, 2017 – Alternative Dispute Resolutions to Divorce Proceedings
October 10, 2017 – An Overview of Collaborative Law Divorce Proceedings

Noon to 1:00 pm
Each webinar will be 1 hour.


One of life’s most challenging moments is deciding on the process of whether, and how, to divorce your spouse or partner. In Florida, today there are more choices for how to divorce than ever before. It is very important before you consult a professional to get fully informed on the current available methods. Only then will you be able to make an informed choice about what method will work best for you and your family. Not every attorney or other professional is thoroughly familiar with all the choices available. Don’t risk being pressured into a course of action without knowing all your alternatives.

This series of three, live, webcasts is designed to walk you through all the alternatives for obtaining a divorce and to objectively discuss their pros and cons. This series allows you to completely maintain your privacy with respect to registration for the webinar series, viewing it and posing questions. We also hope that by breaking the material into three “lunch time” presentations you have a convenient way to obtain the information you need to make an informed choice.

All the webinars are presented by highly experienced divorce professionals who are members of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. The webinars are designed to be interactive and allow you to pose whatever questions you have via chat for the presenters to consider and answer. The purpose of this series is NOT to provide specific legal advice to the webinar attendees. Its purpose is to educate the viewer on what choices are currently available in the State of Florida for obtaining a divorce and their pros and cons. Our goal is that after viewing this series you will come away with a clear idea of what course of action is best for you and your family.

Don’t miss this opportunity.

Webinar #1: An Overview of Traditional Divorce Proceedings – September 26, 2017

The first webinar of the series will take you through the litigation process from receiving a summons, to finding a lawyer, to reviewing the potential cost. You will learn how to set the tone for your divorce, what paperwork is involved, how much time it may take; what is involved in the discovery process and what transpires if you go to trial. Begin to feel empowered by knowing exactly what to anticipate and the pros and cons of the traditional approach.
Presented by:
Attorney Vera Bergermann, founded Bergermann Law firm in 1996. Ms. Bergermann has practiced law since 1980 and currently provides expert legal guidance to Fort Myers, throughout Lee, Collier neighboring counties. Ms. Bergermann earned her B.A. in Psychology with High Honors and Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1976 in the month she turned 19 years old. She then attended law school at Loyola University and earned her J.D. in 1980. She attended graduate school at Widener University, earning a Master's Degree in Taxation in 1988. She passed the challenge of the Florida Bar on her first attempt in 1994 and opened her practice downtown after becoming a certified family law mediator in 1996. Ms. Bergermann's practice has since expanded to serve Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and DeSoto Counties.

Webinar #2: Alternative Dispute Resolutions to a Divorce Proceeding – October 3, 2017

The second webinar in the series covers Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which has been utilized in Florida for over 30 years to resolve disputes. ADR provides the parties with the opportunity to resolve disputes without judicial intervention. ADR uses non-litigation methods to resolve disputes that include negotiation, mediation and binding and non-binding arbitration. For purposes of this webinar, we will be discussing using Mediation in Family Law Matters instead of Litigation. In Family Law, we are only discussing negotiation and mediation. Specifically, the pros and the cons of Mediation, the rules of mediation, how the process works, and how to get a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.
Presented by:
Attorney Tammy B. Saltzman is a Family Law and residential real estate attorney and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. She obtained her B.A in 1995 from Barry University and her JD from Nova Southeastern University in 1999. Ms. Saltzman is in private practice with a dedicated real estate title manager, a full-time law associate and two “of counsel” attorneys. Tammy is a member of the Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar, and South Palm Beach County Bar. She is a founding member of the South Palm Beach County FAWL and is a current Board member as President-Elect. Tammy is founder of the Mentorship committee of both the SPBCFAWL and SPBCBA. Most recently, Tammy has accomplished creating a South Palm Beach County juvenile outreach program through SPBCFAWL partnering with SPBCBA through the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Webinar #3: Collaborative Law Divorce Proceedings – October 10, 2017

The third webinar in this series will cover Collaborative Divorce as an Alternative to Traditional Litigation. Collaborative Divorce is a very new concept in Florida, although it has been used in other States for many years. This process precludes the parties from going to Court or having a Judge determine their case. Both spouses have attorneys (trained in collaborative techniques) and customarily a Financial Neutral (CPA or other financial expert) and Neutral Facilitator (mental health professional) are also hired for the Team. The benefits are a quicker resolution, much less emotional trauma to the parties, clients determine their outcome and not a third-party Judge, and usually less costs. Learn more about these benefits, the process, getting started and other aspects that may let you participate in this new and better divorce route.
Presented by:
Attorney Philip A. McLeod attended South Texas College of Law from June 1976 graduating with his JD in January 1979. Phil has been primarily practicing family and divorce law during his entire career. He is A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell (the highest rating available for professional integrity and ability). He remains a member of the St. Pete and Florida Bar associations and was former chair of the St. Pete Bar Family Law Section. He was a member of the local Florida Bar Grievance Committee and numerous other charitable/volunteer community affiliations. He is proud to be a member of the Greater St. Petersburg YMCA Board of Directors today.
Fees: $25 per webinar or $60 for the series, a 20% discount. We strongly recommend that you watch all three webinars to obtain an understanding of your choices.

Registration: Registration for this series is REQUIRED. Seats are limited.
Can’t make the dates? A schedule of recordings will be made available after the live presentations.

Overview of Traditional Divorce Proceedings
Alternative Dispute Resolutions
Collaborative Law Divorce Proceedings
DivorceChoices Entire Series