It doesn’t matter how tough you are, divorce can be the most emotionally draining experience you ever go through. Your financial future, your living situation and even your relationship with your kids can all be impacted.
With so much on the line, you need a partner you can count on to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.
Our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attorneys know what is at stake during divorce and work side by side with you to help you achieve your goals in court.
Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men
Cordell & Cordell’s Philadelphia attorneys exclusively practice family law with a focus on men’s divorce so they have a greater understanding of the challenges you’re likely to face as a man and father in the family court system.
Our Philadelphia attorney handle a wide range of family law practice areas from uncontested divorce to complex asset division.
Throughout this challenging process our attorneys work with you to preserve what’s important to you and help you move on to the next stage of your life.
Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights
Cordell & Cordell was founded in 1990 by Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, with the goal of leveling the playing field for men in family courts. Since then, the firm has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system.
With more than 100 offices across the U.S., Cordell & Cordell has grown into one of the largest family firms serving men in the world. In May 2015, the firm expanded internationally by opening its first office in the United Kingdom.
“I guess I just have to say I appreciate that [my attorney] communicates rapidly. He really listens to understand what I’m saying fully before offering his advice. Even if he disagrees with me he is willing to continue to look for something I’m asking for.”
“Melinda is very professional. … I’m extremely happy with her.”
“… Laura was very good at handling my case, listened to my situation and had plenty of different strategies for my case. It really worked out well for me and I am very pleased with how she handled my situation.”
Frequently Asked Philadelphia Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Philadelphia to file for divorce?
Either spouse must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania for at least six months prior to filing. You can file in any county in which you currently reside.
Is there a mandatory waiting period in Philadelphia before a divorce can be granted?
There is a mandatory waiting period in Pennsylvania of 90 days from the date of filing the divorce.
At that time the parties may sign consents to the divorce if they so choose.
How can I serve my spouse in Philadelphia? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?
The first attempt to serve is typically done via regular and certified mail, simultaneously.
If that fails you would attempt personal service through an adult over the age of 18 who has no interest in the case, or you would hire a service provider.
If this fails you will have to serve by publication.
What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Philadelphia?
In all of Pennsylvania you must attach a copy of your marriage certificate to your complaint.
In Philadelphia County, you must also fill out a Domestic Relations Information Sheet as well.
Where do I file for divorce?
For Philadelphia County, you file at the Family Law Clerk’s office located at 1133 Chestnut St. on the first floor.
How much are filing fees at the local courthouse?
Filing fees range from $300-500 and it depends on the counts you include, such as custody and/or support.