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Joe Cordell On Using Facebook To Obtain Restraining Orders

Joseph Cordell“If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband’s life and take your son’s father away from him completely – all you need to do is say that you’re scared of your husband or domestic partner and they’ll take him away!”

Mark Byron wrote this post on his Facebook page in the midst of his divorce. His wife found out about the post, complained to the judge that it was a violation of Mark’s restraining order, and the judge ordered Mark to make daily apologies to his wife on Facebook or face 60 days in jail.

Cordell & Cordell co-founder Joseph Cordell appeared on the “Eddie & Tracy Show” on 700 WLW radio in Cincinnati to discuss how this case illustrates how vulnerable men are to a judge’s liberal interpretation of order of protection statutes.

“This is where the legislature needs to step in and change the language in these statutes so that something more convincing is needed to issue an order of protection other than merely a statement from a party looking to gain an upper hand in the divorce and custody case,” Cordell said. “In family court it’s surprisingly easy to get an order issued that often will last several weeks or months before the accused (usually the guy) can present his side of the story.”

Cordell frequently refers to protective orders as “tactical nuclear weapons” because with a small statement, the man can be forced to stay out of the home, barred from parenting time, and prevented from any contact with his children.

“I’m not picking on women as being inherently more manipulative than guys, but whenever you have a war over the things that are the most important you, such as your kids, it’s understandable that when you give one side of the table a nuclear weapon that side is going to use it,” Cordell said. “These orders give women a clear edge in a custody battle.”

Listen to the full interview with WLW radio in Cincinnati below:

Business Insider Asks Cordell & Cordell ‘What To Wear To Court?’

what to wear to courtImage is important in domestic cases. The way you care for and present yourself is important in presenting your overall case. That’s why you should think of your physical appearance as your first exhibit.

Business Insider asked Cordell & Cordell partner Spencer Williams about what you should wear to court during your divorce case.

For men: A nice button up shirt and slacks will do the trick. Adding a sports coat and/or tie is “optional and nice but not necessary,” Williams advises.  In a pinch, a new and clean pair of dark jeans and a button-up or polo shirt will do.

For women: Stick with reasonable heels. “They don’t have to wear flats but watching someone in six inch heels wobble to and from the witness stand or even fall is not pretty,” he says. “Thigh high boots should be left at home. Stockings, if visible, should be traditional.”

Read the full article: “What Not To Wear To Your Divorce Hearing

The 9 Most Expensive Cities For Getting A Divorce

Divorce lawyer Spencer WilliamsBusiness Insider consulted with the divorce lawyers of Cordell & Cordell for analysis of “The 9 Most Expensive Cities For Getting A Divorce,” which it calculated based on the average rate for divorce attorneys in cities across the country.

Cordell & Cordell partner Spencer Williams offered his insight into why cities like Dallas, Philadelphia, and Newark are so expensive when it comes to divorce (Los Angeles topped the list at an average rate of $350).

A problematic trend in many of these high-priced divorce cities is couples opting to pursue a divorce without hiring representation.

Many make the analogy to persons considering self-representation (or pro se) to that of a person who has a cracked tooth or a broken arm deciding to fix themselves without a dentist or doctor.

Can they fix the problem? Certainly. Will they enjoy the long-term ramifications of the do-it-yourself fix? Almost certainly not.

The expense of receiving legal advice on divorce from a qualified family law attorney may seem unaffordable at the time of divorce, but the cost in money, time, and peace of mind of not retaining a lawyer is most likely much greater in the long run.

Read the full article: “The 9 Most Expensive Cities For Getting A Divorce.”

Joe Cordell: One Factor That Will Help Your Custody Case

Joseph CordellTeachers are often called into court to testify regarding parental involvement in the children’s lives, particularly the educational aspect. The best thing you can do for yourself and your child is to ensure that you are not cut out of your child’s education, according to Cordell & Cordell CEO Joseph Cordell’s latest Huffington Post column.

“More often than not, it is the mother who has the time to volunteer at school to help out,” Cordell writes. “It’s Mom who usually is the one the school calls, who handles carpool, who drops off the snacks. Teachers see moms do this every day. Fair or unfair, when a dad does these things, it sticks out because few dads do so.”

As Cordell recommends in his book “The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce,” make sure your kids’ teachers get used to seeing you.

It may just make the difference in your custody case.

Read the full article “Want Custody Of Your Kids? Get Involved With Their School!

Cincinnati Enquirer Praises Cordell & Cordell’s Unique Customer Service

cincinnati cordell and cordellIn a feature piece on Cordell & Cordell, the Cincinnati Enquirer outlined several reasons for the consistent growth the firm has experienced, including how its customer service initiatives are unique to the legal profession.

The Enquirer mentioned how Cordell & Cordell’s client care division is responsible for gauging client satisfaction throughout the divorce process. The law firm that focuses on representing men also uses a metric system to rate client satisfaction and promotes and rewards its lawyers based on these metrics.

“We have a novel approach to the customer care aspect of our practice,” senior attorney Tifanie McMillan told the paper.

The feature article in Sunday’s paper also discussed the firm’s history, the reasons behind its growth, and why Cordell & Cordell’s biggest fans are often second wives.

Read the full article, “Law Firm Growing With Niche: Men.”