Joe Cordell Critiques Child Support System In Huffington Post

Joe Cordell Critiques Child Support System In Huffington Post

Huffington PostIn his latest Huffington Post column, Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell critiqued the child support system for the manner in which it frequently tears families apart.

Ideally, child support should ensure all financial necessities needed to raise a child are covered, with both parents providing fair contributions. 

However, far too often the system is counterproductive and drives a wedge between families.

Mr. Cordell detailed how the system creates a system of debtors prisons that is unfair to low-income fathers and fails to acknowledge the economic realities of divorce.

He also noted that the system overemphasizes financial contributions while devaluing other types of support.

Joe Cordell

Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell

“While monetary contributions are necessary, there are other important ways parents can contribute to a child’s upbringing that the system fails to take into account,” Mr. Cordell said.

Although numerous problems exist with the current framework, there is a modicum of hope in recent proposals that seek to establish a more rehabilitative, rather than punitive, system.

“Hopefully this is, at the very least, the start of a long overdue conversation that will lead to meaningful reform,” Mr. Cordell said.

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About Shawn Garrison

Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels.

Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.