News About Dads Rights In Divorce | Cordell & Cordell

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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CNN: Economy Prolongs Some Marriage, Ends Others

Here’s what CNN had to say about Cordell & Cordell:

The Cordell & Cordell law firm, which bills itself as one of the largest divorce firms in the country, has been running radio ads suggesting people whose assets have tanked may want to consider divorce because they’ll lose less money to their partner, said Joseph Cordell, the firm’s principal partner.

Cordell said the advice is meant only for couples who are certain they want to divorce.

“For guys that know they’re going to end up getting divorced, they really need to realize that, oddly enough, it’s when they can least afford it that it can make the most sense,” he said.

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