Call Us Fathers' Rights


Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Tampa, Florida, office are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.

Our mission is to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone, no matter how tough you are. The decisions you make during this time will have an enormous impact on you financially for the rest of your life.

More importantly, your level of involvement in your children’s lives can also be affected. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.

We know how critical this transition is and promise to walk you through each step of the process while doing everything possible to protect what’s most important to you.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system. Our firm’s focus on men’s divorce gives our attorneys a unique understanding of the challenges men face in a Florida family law courtroom.

Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against them, Cordell & Cordell has risen to establish ourselves as a partner men can count on.

At Cordell & Cordell, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce.

Frequently Asked Tampa Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Tampa to file for divorce?

You must be a resident of Florida for at least 6 months prior to filing for divorce in the state.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in Hillsborough County before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?

Hillsborough County does have a mandatory waiting period, but it can be waived. A simple uncontested divorce can be as short as 4 weeks while heavily litigated cases take as long as a few years.

Can I serve my spouse by publication in Hillsborough County?

Yes, you can serve by publication, such as in the Gulf Coast Business Review, or by “posting” at the Hillsborough County Courthouse bulletin board.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in this county/city?

At a minimum, you must have the Petition, Notice of Social Security Number, UCCJEA, and certificate of parenting course.

At what courthouse do I file for divorce?

You need to file for divorce at the George E. Edgecomb Hillsborough County Courthouse located at 800 E. Twiggs St. in downtown Tampa.

How much are filing fees at the Hillsborough County Courthouse?

$408 to file plus $10 for summons will start the case.

Are there any Tampa-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

There are local administrative orders that vary from county to county.

Tampa Client Testimonials


“You guys were great. … Lisa and [my paralegal] went over and beyond.  They really cared and had my best interests in mind; I could tell this and it really helped me feel at ease.  I’m very pleased and happy with everything done.  I would definitely use you guys again, if needed, in the future.”


“You guys have made a tough situation easier.  I didn’t know anything coming into [this], and Jennifer has been very helpful in providing me the information I need to help protect myself.  It’s an emotional time, but she’s been very helpful.  Jennifer has helped me immensely in understanding what I’m going through and keeps me very up to date with everything.”


“Jennifer is competent and thorough.  She gives good advice, not just in the legal sense, but also common sense advice on how to act [and] behave at this time.  She has provided excellent guidance in how to communicate with the other side and conduct myself in general during the process. … I can call her and have a real discussion about life issues and get good guidance.  She’s both a therapist and an attorney to me; an invaluable resource.”