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6 Attorneys Named Texas Rising Star By Super Lawyers

super-lawyers-2014Six Cordell & Cordell Texas attorneys were selected to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars list for family law attorneys by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Maribel Cruz (San Antonio), Amanda Clepper (San Antonio), Lauren Melhart (Fort Worth), Dena Williams (Fort Worth), and Jane Robertson (Houston) were all selected for the first time. Kelly Burris (Austin) was named a Texas Rising Star for the 10th year.

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 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.

The annual 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.

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, and who they have personally observed in action.

KSL NewsRadio Features Jonathan Winn, Importance of Fathers

ksl-radioThe importance of fathers remaining in their children’s lives post-divorce was the subject of a KSL NewsRadio report featuring Cordell & Cordell Salt Lake City divorce lawyer Jonathan G. Winn.

Mr. Winn said divorce laws get in the way of fathers who want to spend more time with their children because many judges believe there needs to be a primary parent.

“When they’re asked, when the custody evaluation is done and the full process is done, most kids will say they want to do 50/50,” Mr. Winn said. “They want to have equal parent time with each side.”

He tells divorced fathers not to give up in their quest to be with their children.

“A lot of guys will get a bad temporary order,” he said. “They’ll give up, they’ll resign to that and then they’ll quit.”

Click the link to read the full article, “How important are fathers in children’s lives?

Joe Cordell on Who Gets Custody of the Pet?

700-WLWAn evolving area of family law involves fights over the pets in a divorce and who gets custody. Cordell & Cordell principal partner Joseph Cordell appeared on 700 WLW radio in Cincinnati with host Scott Sloan to discuss pet custody and related issues of asset and property division.

While pet custody battles are becoming more popular, judges still have no concrete standard to apply to determine custody or possession of a pet, even though pets are treated as property in a divorce, according to Mr. Cordell.

Click the audio player below to listen to the full interview.

The Myth of the “Deadbeat Dad” Label

logo-huffington-postThe scornful term of “deadbeat dads” has become increasingly popular in describing fathers who do not uphold their legal responsibility of supporting their children after divorce.

But Cordell & Cordell principal partner Joseph Cordell argues in his most recent Huffington Post column “The Myth of the ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Label” that most of the fathers lumped in as deadbeats are not dads unwilling to support their children — they are simply unable to afford the child support.

When 66 percent of all child support not paid by fathers is due to an inability to come up with the money, calling all the dads who miss payments “deadbeats” is painting with far too broad of a brush, Mr. Cordell writes.

“As someone who founded a men’s divorce law firm almost 25 years ago, I know most of these men are not bad people; they love their kids, they want what is best for their kids, they want to be there for their kids,” said Mr. Cordell.

Click the link to read the full article on “The Myth of the ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Label.”