Fathers' Rights


Divorce is one of the toughest challenges you will ever face. It can take an enormous emotional toll on you no matter how tough you are.

With so much at stake, you need a partner you can count on to ensure your rights and the rights of your children are championed in family court.

Cordell & Cordell’s Charlotte, North Carolina, attorneys are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue they may face, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.

Our Charlotte attorneys understand how stressful this process can be. Their 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

Cordell & Cordell’s Charlotte attorneys exclusively practice family law with a focus on men’s divorce so they are well-versed regarding the unique challenges you will face as a man and father.

Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns so they understand what your goals are. They then work diligently to help you achieve them in court.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

In 1990, Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, founded Cordell & Cordell to help level the playing field for men in the family court system. Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against men, the firm has grown to more than 100 offices across the United States and is now one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world.

In 2015, Cordell & Cordell expanded internationally by opening an office in the United Kingdom.

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

Client Testimonials


“I am very happy with everything. Michael’s timely responses, quick scheduling … The whole office just goes above and beyond. I feel like royalty working with you all.”


“I’d like to thank [my attorney] for everything. This was a very positive experience for me. I was very happy with the work she did.”


“There have been times I’ve been upset and reached out to Asa after 5 p.m. and Asa has gone out of his way to call me back to make sure I’m OK. I’m so happy to have an attorney that will follow up with me to make sure I’m OK. I feel very comfortable with Asa. I don’t feel like just a number. I truly mean that. If I ever have any need for legal help again, I will always reach out to Asa. … Asa is a good guy and he’s done a really good job for me. He never made me feel like I was just some guy who messed up. Sometimes you’re hard on yourself and Asa just made me feel very safe. I had a very positive feeling going into court with Asa. I always knew he’d take care of me. I knew exactly what was going to happen and what to expect because Asa prepared me well. I never felt like Asa didn’t have time for me. I knew I could be confident in Asa. He never made me feel like what I was thinking was wrong, yet always set realistic expectations and always listened, which was important to me. He’s very open minded. Asa really made me think about things before I would jump into any rash decisions. … I ended up with a hell of a lawyer!”

Frequently Asked Charlotte Divorce Questions

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

Either the Plaintiff or Defendant must have resided in the state for six (6) months prior to filing for divorce in North Carolina.

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

In North Carolina, the parties must live separate and apart for one year and one day prior to filing a divorce. After the parties have lived separate and apart for at least one year, a party can petition the court for a divorce.

It is difficult to predict how long a divorce will take, as it is case by case. However, once the opposing party is served, that party has 30 days to file responsive pleadings or waive his/her right to file a response before the court can enter a final divorce decree.

How can I serve my spouse in Charlotte? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

A party can serve the opposing party by sheriff of the county where service is to be completed or by a duly authorized person, registered or certified mail, or by a designated delivery service.

You may serve by publication, but only after you attempt to serve the opposing party by personal service, registered or certified mail, or other authorized delivery service. A local newspaper that is qualified for legal advertisements in the area that the opposing party is believed to reside or, if unknown, in the county where the action is filed can be contacted for this purpose.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Charlotte?

In North Carolina, the initiating party must first file a Complaint to initiate the divorce action. A Summons must also be properly filed to initiate a divorce action.

Where do I file for divorce in Mecklenburg County?

A party residing in Mecklenburg County must file their divorce complaint at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse located at 832 E. Fourth St. in Charlotte.

How much are filing fees at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse?

The Mecklenburg County Courthouse filing fees for divorce are $225, plus $10 if you are requesting a name change. It costs an additional $30 if you would like to serve the opposing party via sheriff.

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

In North Carolina, most Judicial Districts have a set of specific local rules relevant to domestic cases filed within that particular jurisdiction. Consult with a Charlotte divorce lawyer for specific information on the rules and procedures of the local court.