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Prenuptial Agreement Trends in St. Louis

Joseph Cordell was quoted in St. Louis Magazine about new trends in prenuptial agreements.

There’s a popular perception that prenups are a cynical way to enter into a marriage,” said Cordell. “It’s true there’s recognition of the possibility of divorce, but to think otherwise is contrary to reality.”

“It’s more incumbent upon some people entering a marriage than others,” he added. “If you have a young couple getting married, and they’re both broke, then marital property is probably subject to a 50/50 division. By contrast, when you have an older couple, where parties have been married before or have accumulated substantial amounts of property, through a slight misstep in the normal judicial process of divorce, separate assets could be converted to become marital property. It would be reckless for a couple in that second example to ignore the possibility of divorce.”

Contact a Cordell & Cordell office near you to set up an appointment to discuss your prenuptial agreement.

Die Welt Newspaper: In The Name Of The Father

Cordell & Cordell was featured in the international German news magazine Die Welt. Principal Partner Joseph Cordell explains the difficulties that fathers in the United States face in the current family court systems.

A recent Midwest divorce proceeding involved a father leaving his wife due to her alcoholism. Despite the evidence against her, the court awarded the mother custody and the father lost not only his children but $20,000 in attorney and court fees.

“It is sad and frustrating,” said Cordell. “The judgment shows that women in divorce proceedings use weapons against which men stand little chance. In divorce proceedings, men are entirely and clearly at a disadvantage, financially as well as morally.”

Read the article on father’s rights.

Fathers’ Rights Firm Branches Out

Joseph Cordell, Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell, spoke with the National Law Journal about his firm’s office expansion and the perception of disadvantages that men face in family court.

Cordell, whose firm solely represents men in divorce litigation, said, “We were always representing more men than women and saw a lot of challenges guys face that women don’t. It is the reverse of other circumstances in our culture.”

He explained that many times men are at a disadvantage in family court because of self-fulfilling prophecies.

“I’ve been told that when guys fight for primary custody they succeed about as often as moms do, but the reality is most guys don’t fight for primary custody because they believe they have no prospect of success,” Cordell said. “Guys come to us, heads hanging low about their expectations, because of what they hear at work or maybe from other lawyers. That’s how you end up with a man who agrees to pay 75% of his income to mom and child, so he ends up working a second job and still cannot participate in his child’s life to the extent he wants. No one wins in that situation.”

Read the article on father’s rights.

Tampa: Divorce Now With Assets Low

Joseph Cordell, Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell spoke with the Tampa Tribune about the strategic benefits of divorcing during a recession.

Cordell, whose firm represents men in divorce litigation, is asking men who may be considering a divorce to examine the value of their assets in relation to the health of the economy.

“It’s not a controversial point to make that if a guy’s going to be in front of a judge, it’s going to be advantageous if it’s when his assets are at an ebb, rather than a peak,” Cordell said. “If a guy is relatively impoverished, that’s going to give him an advantage in his arguing that his wife should take on more of the debt.”

Read the article on divorce in a recession.

S.P.A.R.C. Review Of Your Civil War

Thanks to the good people at SPARC (Separated Parenting Access & Resource Center) for listing Joseph Cordell’s book “Your Civil War: A Father’s Guide to Winning Child Custody,” among other notable books on their recommended reading list.

Here’s what SPARC had to say:

“In ‘Your Civil War: A Dads Guide To Custody,’ Joseph Cordell has compiled an extremely accurate yet succinct guide to the way things work in most divorce and custody battles. Mr. Cordell’s writing is direct, in some cases almost blunt, but he clearly outlines the issues every divorcing father needs to keep in mind in a logical and down-to-earth fashion.

“In Chapter 1, Mr. Cordell writes that this book is ‘not a socio-philosophical discussion,’ and indeed it is not. Filled with practical and usable advice, Mr. Cordell relates some frank truths about how lawyers and judges really behave, and what is likely to influence them.”

Read the full review.