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Collaborative Law Section Luncheon/CLE: Parental Alienation and the Collaborative Law Process
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When: 12/01/2016
12 - 1 PM
Where: Chester H. Ferguson Law Center
1610 N Tampa St.
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States

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1.0 CLE Credit (applied for)


• Identifying “parental alienation” in collaborative matters
• Whether the collaborative law process is appropriate for these cases (and, if so, under what circumstances)
• Whether different techniques/protocols/approaches are needed in the collaborative resolution of these cases
• What, if anything, should facilitators and other team members do to reduce the chances of post-judgment alienation in cases which are not “parental alienation” cases in the initial divorce.


George A. Melendez, Esq. is a Florida attorney with 11 years of experience, now in private practice at Melendez Law Office. Mr. Melendez practices in the areas of marital and family law, as well as dependency, along with other practice areas.
Mr. Melendez is a member Next Generation Divorce as well as the IACP (the International Association of Collaborative Professionals). He is qualified as a Parenting Coordinator and a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.
He also serves as a child advocate in the role of a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem.

Monica Epstein, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Tampa, Florida. In addition to her therapy practice, Dr. Epstein is a Collaborative Divorce Facilitator, Certified Family Law Mediator, Guardian ad Litem, Parent Coordinator and Parenting Plan Evaluator
Dr. Epstein has been a member of TBACP since 2011. She has chaired the Mental Health Professionals/Facilitators 2014-2016 and co-chaired the Joint Training Committee 2014-2015. She has been a member of the Joint Training Committee 2013-2014 and the Joint Pro Bono Committee 2012-2013.
Dr. Epstein has presented at the Collaborative Law Panel Discussion, Hillsborough County Family Law, Collaborative Law luncheon (2014) and the Collaborative Practice at Psychiatric Grand Rounds, USF Health Center (2012).