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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania 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.

Client Testimonials


“Emily is doing a great job. The whole Cordell & Cordell experience has been great, in particular with Emily. She doesn’t promise anything but works as hard as she can to make certain that my goals are represented. In working with Emily, she’s able to help fight back the stigma that you get in the courtroom and find a pathway forward.”


“Diona is fantastic. I have nothing but good things to say about her.  Her bedside manner is above reproach. …”


“The first day I met Jonah I was running late. I was working out of state and had a long drive to make to meet with him. I was 1 hour behind and he actually waited at the office for me to get there. I thought that was a really big positive … His response time is great too, and that is another positive. He always gets right back to me. Jonah is a good guy.”

Frequently Asked Pittsburgh Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Pittsburgh before I can file for divorce?

Either party must have resided in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for at least six months immediately prior to the commencement of a divorce action.

Is there a mandatory divorce waiting period in Pittsburgh?

Parties must wait 90 days from the latter of the date of filing of the divorce complaint or the date of service of the divorce complaint on the non-filing party before they may proceed.

After 90 days have expired, the length of the divorce depends on how quickly the parties can resolve any outstanding issues of dividing their marital estate.

How can I serve my spouse in Pittsburgh? What happens if my attempts to serve my spouse do not work?

Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1930.4 governs rules for service. In addition to these rules, simultaneous service by certified and regular mail is permitted.

If the certified mail is refused, but the regular mail is not returned within 15 days, service may be deemed complete. If the regular mail is returned as unclaimed then service must be accomplished by other means.

Service must be complete with 30 days of the filing of the complaint, or 90 days if service is taking place outside of the Commonwealth.

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

You need to file a Complaint in Divorce and some proof of service of the complaint on the non-filing party (the defendant). The defendant can submit an Acceptance of Service in conformity with Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1930.4(d).

Where do I file for divorce?

You may file for divorce at your county Prothonotary’s office, also called the Department of Court Records in some counties.

How much are filing fees in Pittsburgh?

Filing fees vary from county to county, and based on how many counts are included in your divorce complaint.