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Cordell & Cordell Attorneys Weigh In On Ashley Madison Hack

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Fox BusinessLast month, Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell appeared on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. in the aftermath of the Ashley Madison data breach to discuss how the hack could affect divorce attorneys.

On Friday, Mr. Cordell again spoke with Stuart Varney, as well as the Belleville News-Democrat and, after it was announced the website dedicated to helping married people cheat had made another data dump.

Mr. Cordell acknowledged the breach likely will lead to a surge of divorces, but also noted its negative cultural and social ramifications.

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Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell

“… There’s a certain satisfaction in that these cheaters are revealed, but as a practical matter, there’s a lot of devastation that flows from the divorce,” Mr. Cordell said. “The economic hardship, the hardship on the kids, the hardship on people’s health. There are consequences for adultery.

Cordell & Cordell Regional Partner Kelly Burris also spoke with News Radio 1200 WOAI in San Antonio about the impact being listed on the site could have on a person’s chances in divorce court.

Cordell & Cordell Regional Partner Kelly Burris
Cordell & Cordell Regional Partner Kelly Burris

She said that evidence wouldn’t necessarily factor into a child custody case, “I always tell my clients, just because you’re a bad spouse, doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent,” Ms. Burris said.

However, she added that it could play a significant role in property settlements.

“The courts do consider faults in the breakup of  a marriage when they determine if a property division is going to be a 50-50 split,” she said.

Watch Mr. Cordell’s entire interview and read the full stories below. 


Belleville News-Democrat, ‘Christmas in September’: Divorce lawyers expect uptick from Ashley Madison hack

Thrillist, We Asked A Divorce Lawyer About The Ashley Madison Leak

News Radio 1200 WOAI, Local Divorce Lawyers Sound Off on ‘Ashley Madison’ Revelations

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Frank Murphy is the Chief Compliance Officer and an Executive Partner at Cordell & Cordell. His responsibilities include oversight of the Firm’s compliance with Legal and Ethical obligations as well as contributing to the day-to-day operations of the Firm as an Executive Partner.

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