May 2013 | Cordell & Cordell

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Download Our Updated Men’s Divorce Source App

mens divorce appCordell & Cordell recently released an updated version of the free Men’s Divorce Source App for iOS and Android with even more features added to what already has been called “the first comprehensive divorce resource guide for men” by, an app review site.

Men’s Divorce App Features:

  • Nine family law categories to browse with search and bookmarking capability.
  • Share divorce news and articles with friends on Facebook or via email.
  • Family law reference section of topics related to divorce, child support, child custody, and alimony/spousal support.
  • Browse educational articles written by the men’s domestic litigation attorneys of Cordell & Cordell.
  • Find a men’s divorce attorney near you.
  • Prepare for your first meeting with your attorney using our Divorce Goal Creator. It will walk you through all the aspects of divorce, illuminate your goals in each of those categories, and provide you with a framework to discuss with your attorney. Being prepared and knowing expectations will alleviate the stress and anxiety you are feeling about the divorce process.

Download your free copy of the Men’s Divorce Source app for your tablet or smartphone.

Crain’s Chicago Business Features Joe Cordell’s Family Business Survival Guide

Crains-ChicagoCrain’s Chicago Business newspaper, the city’s premier source of business news, interviewed Cordell & Cordell principal partner Joseph Cordell about the significant damage a divorce can do to a business.

In “Family business and divorce: a six-step survival guide,” Mr. Cordell cautioned that for family-owned businesses run by married couples, a poorly handled divorce can be a one-way ticket to bankruptcy court.

Because the value of the business is critical in determining how much a departing spouse receives, it’s best to divorce before you expect a business to really take off, according to Mr. Cordell.

“The best time financially for a guy to consider divorce is not when the business is doing well but when it is doing poorly,” Mr. Cordell said. “When you know your marriage is awful and you’ve just been limping along, the best time to do it is when you can least afford it.”

To learn more ways to protect yourself and your business read the full article, “Family business and divorce: a six-step survival guide.”


Disparity Between Child Support and Custody Enforcement

Cordell & Cordell CEO and Co-founder Joseph CordellIt is evident that the enforcement of child support and visitation are treated separately in the civil system, according to Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell’s latest Huffington Post divorce column.

The law is quick and severe when child support is not paid but is largely toothless when a father is denied access to his children.

The disparity between enforcement of failing to pay child support and custodial interference is particularly calamitous for fathers, who represent 87.1 percent of child support payers and 82.6 percent of noncustodial parents, according to the U.S. Census.

“Much is made of the offensive moniker ‘deadbeat dads’ and the histrionic punishments doled out by zealous judges,” Mr. Cordell writes. “However, throughout my 20+ years with Cordell & Cordell advocating for fathers’ rights, it is apparent the more pertinent story is the paucity of attention, much less innovation, given the reciprocal problem relating to primary custodians that defy court orders respecting the other parent’s access and participation in children’s lives.”

Read the full column on “Disparity Between Child Support and Custody Enforcement.”