March 2014 | Cordell & Cordell

Archives for March 2014

Joe Cordell Writes About Another Blow To Fathers’ Rights

logo-huffington-postThe recent New Jersey ruling blocking an unmarried father from being in the delivery room during the birth of his child has brought to the forefront an issue that desperately needs attention: the rights of an unmarried father.

Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell wrote in his latest Huffington Post column with the increasing trend of having children out of wedlock, it is time to readdress the rights – or lack thereof – held by unwed fathers.

The case in New Jersey has put a spotlight on just how little control a father has when he is not married to the mother of his child.

“Being married does not automatically make you a good parent; just as being unmarried doesn’t automatically make you a bad parent,” Mr. Cordell wrote. “Unwed fathers deserve the same opportunity to be a part of their child’s life, and it’s time we stop making them work so much harder to obtain basic parental rights.”

Read the full Huffington Post article “Another Blow to Fathers’ Rights; Dad Barred From Delivery Room.”

Men’s Health Magazine Features Cordell & Cordell Divorce Tips

mens-healthMen’s Health magazine turned to Cordell & Cordell co-founder and principal partner Joseph Cordell to educate guys on three ways to cover their marital assets.

In the April issue’s MetroGrades feature, Mr. Cordell offers suggestions on the best ways to pay for a divorce and warns about a common divorce mistake men make: insufficient consideration of financial documents and records.

“Men have a habit of rushing through the forms that courts use to determine division of property,” he said. “Often the numbers from spouses are vastly different; that becomes the battlefield on which the divorce is fought.”


VIDEO: Dorothy Ripka Comments on Court Ruling Blocking Dads From Delivery Rooms

ripka-wcpo-newsIn a blow to fathers’ rights, biological fathers can be kept out of the delivery room for the birth of their child by the mother, according to a recent New Jersey court ruling.

“It’s very disheartening to hear someone want to take that opportunity away from the father and child to bond,” Lead Litigator Dorothy Walsh Ripka told WCPO News in Cincinnati. “We would hope that parents were considering the impact of that day on their child and the impact on the family unit rather than taking the position of which parent is more important.”

Watch the full report featuring Ms. Ripka.

According to NPR, the ruling involves a couple who got engaged after the woman became pregnant but later broke up. The man sued for the right to be present at the birth of his child, but the judge ruled that requiring the father’s presence would pose “unwarranted strain” on the mother.

“This is really an opportunity for everyone to consider if I am going to become a parent what does this mean and do I have legal rights,” Ms. Ripka said. “If I don’t have those rights, then how do I go about securing those?”

Watch the full report featuring Ms. Ripka.

Michelle Ferreri Named New Jersey Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Ferreri_MichelleCordell & Cordell Mount Laurel attorney Michelle L. Ferreri was selected to the 2014 New Jersey Rising Stars list for family law attorneys by Super Lawyers magazine. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

This is the fourth time Super Lawyers has recognized Ms. Ferreri with previous selections in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

She was also named “Awesome Attorney” in Family and Matrimonial Law for 2009-2013 by South Jersey Magazine.

The annual Super Lawyers selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 years old or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

Phoenix, San Francisco Divorce Seminars in April


Men’s Divorce School,” a complimentary seminar presented by the domestic litigation firm Cordell & Cordell, will provide a crash course in Divorce 101.

How is custody decided? Is it possible you will have to pay child support and alimony? What is the divorce process like in your state?

Learn the answers to those questions and more at Cordell & Cordell’s complimentary seminar. Doors open at 6 pm. The seminar begins at 6:30 pm.

Phoenix seminar: Tuesday, April 1, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort

San Francisco seminar: Wednesday, April 2, The Westin San Francisco Market Street

Topics will include an overview of alimony, child support, custody, property division, and the divorce process, while offering tips and strategies for your case.

If you’re facing a divorce – perhaps one you don’t even want – you should attend the free “Men’s Divorce School” seminar.

Register below or by calling 866-DADS-LAW.