February 2010 | Cordell & Cordell

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St. Louis Family Law Firm Focused on Men

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently discovered the carnage and aftermath of divorce that men encounter as seen on the forum section of DadsDivorce.com. The website is owned and maintained by Cordell & Cordell, a law firm dedicated to working with men facing divorce.

Father’s rights movements have been insisting for many years that family courts are biased towards women. When looking at these websites, it doesn’t take long to see the rage these father’s feel towards the court system.

Cordell & Cordell co-founder, Joseph Cordell, stated that although he is not a political activist, he doesn’t “want to shy away from being brutally frank.”

“We’re really less involved in a movement or a political cause so much as we want to help a group who have very practical issues,” he said. “They don’t want to spend the time in a political fight for justice.”

Cordell Opens Two Illinois Family Law Offices

The Belleville News Democrat wrote about Cordell & Cordell opening two new offices in St. Louis’ Metro East market in Illinois. The St. Louis-based family law firm works primarily with men’s rights in divorce litigation.

The expansion is designed to better cater to their Illinois clients.

Cordell & Cordell wanted more convenience for clients, so the firm opened two new offices and closed the office in Fairview Heights. It was more convenient to open in Belleville and Edwardsville to be closer to where the clients are coming from.

Cordell & Cordell Illinois offices.

Prenuptial Agreement Trends in St. Louis

Joseph Cordell was quoted in St. Louis Magazine about new trends in prenuptial agreements.

There’s a popular perception that prenups are a cynical way to enter into a marriage,” said Cordell. “It’s true there’s recognition of the possibility of divorce, but to think otherwise is contrary to reality.”

“It’s more incumbent upon some people entering a marriage than others,” he added. “If you have a young couple getting married, and they’re both broke, then marital property is probably subject to a 50/50 division. By contrast, when you have an older couple, where parties have been married before or have accumulated substantial amounts of property, through a slight misstep in the normal judicial process of divorce, separate assets could be converted to become marital property. It would be reckless for a couple in that second example to ignore the possibility of divorce.”

Contact a Cordell & Cordell office near you to set up an appointment to discuss your prenuptial agreement.

Die Welt Newspaper: In The Name Of The Father

Cordell & Cordell was featured in the international German news magazine Die Welt. Principal Partner Joseph Cordell explains the difficulties that fathers in the United States face in the current family court systems.

A recent Midwest divorce proceeding involved a father leaving his wife due to her alcoholism. Despite the evidence against her, the court awarded the mother custody and the father lost not only his children but $20,000 in attorney and court fees.

“It is sad and frustrating,” said Cordell. “The judgment shows that women in divorce proceedings use weapons against which men stand little chance. In divorce proceedings, men are entirely and clearly at a disadvantage, financially as well as morally.”

Read the article on father’s rights.

Fathers’ Rights Firm Branches Out

Joseph Cordell, Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell, spoke with the National Law Journal about his firm’s office expansion and the perception of disadvantages that men face in family court.

Cordell, whose firm solely represents men in divorce litigation, said, “We were always representing more men than women and saw a lot of challenges guys face that women don’t. It is the reverse of other circumstances in our culture.”

He explained that many times men are at a disadvantage in family court because of self-fulfilling prophecies.

“I’ve been told that when guys fight for primary custody they succeed about as often as moms do, but the reality is most guys don’t fight for primary custody because they believe they have no prospect of success,” Cordell said. “Guys come to us, heads hanging low about their expectations, because of what they hear at work or maybe from other lawyers. That’s how you end up with a man who agrees to pay 75% of his income to mom and child, so he ends up working a second job and still cannot participate in his child’s life to the extent he wants. No one wins in that situation.”

Read the article on father’s rights.