Joe Cordell Offers Advice To Birth Dads In Chicago Tribune

Joe Cordell Offers Advice To Birth Dads In Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneCordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell was recently quoted in an article published in the Chicago Tribune titled, “Birth dads still fighting for bigger role in adoption process.”

The story details how biological fathers traditionally have been overlooked during in adoptions. However, that is gradually changing.

Although historically adoptions have primarily included the child, adoptive parents and  birth parents, birth dads are starting to participate more and more in the adoption process, but the burden is still on him to prove paternity.

Joe Cordell

Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell

Many states also have putative father registries, which involve varying rules and procedures depending on the state. The registries’ deadlines, and an overall lack of  knowledge that the registries exist, also work to squeeze birth fathers out of the process.

In the article, Mr. Cordell recommends doing whatever is necessary to stay on amicable terms with the birth mother while going through the adoption process.

“Avoid conflict (put three exclamation points here) with the birth mom,” Mr. Cordell said. “She can make this difficult for you by saying you’re not the father. When there’s a conflict, the birth mom wins.”

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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.