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KKTV 11: Relationships And The Economy

Cordell & Cordell attorney Barbara Johnson-Stern was interviewed by KKTV 11 News in Colorado Springs on the effect the economy may have on relationships.

Across the country divorce attorneys report business is down. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says 37% of attorneys polled reported fewer divorces during this economic downturn. But here in Colorado, at least at the offices of Cordell and Cordell, business has been consistent.

“We are still seeing a lot of people come in and really want to start and finish their divorce. It can be a good time to end your marriage,” said Johnson-Stern. She says that’s because during a recession, there’s less to divide up.

“If your house value is down, lets say a year ago you had $100,000 you had to share, now you have $10,000, it may be possible for one party to keep a house if all they have to distribute is $10,000,” Johnson-Stern said.

Watch or read the complete story on divorce in a recession.

Facebook and Divorce – Time Magazine

Time Magazine examines the phenomenon of social networking as it applies to divorce. Reporter Belinda Luscome quoted DadsDivorce.com founder and Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell about Facebook and divorce.

“It’s now just routine for us to go over with clients whether they have an active presence on the Web and if they Twitter, Facebook or have a MySpace page,” Cordell said.

He advises his mostly male clients to scour their page — and their girlfriend’s — for anything that could be used by their ex’s legal team. Then Cordell studies the page of the soon-to-be ex-wife.

“We had a custody case where a mom assured the court that she hadn’t been drinking,” recalls the Missouri-based attorney. “But her MySpace page had actual dated photos of her drinking — and smoking.”

In another case, a mom had listed herself on a dating site as single with no kids, which Cordell’s firm used to cast doubt on her truthfulness.

Read more about how Facebook affects divorce.

KCTV 5: Dads By Default

Cordell & Cordell attorney Jill Best spoke out about a man forced to pay child-support after a DNA test excluded him as the biological father.

In a two-part segment titled “Dad By Default,” Best weighs in on the state of family law that can require a man to take responsibility for a child even if DNA evidence proves he is not the biological father.

Unfortunately, this situation is not uncommon, and most states will decide who is the father by considering what is in “the best interest” of the child.

Watch the complete KCTV-5 two-part segment.

Dads Seeing Bigger Role in Custody Cases

In divorce, many parents find themselves in the middle of a custody dispute where women have traditionally been favored as the primary caregiver. But as women have begun to pursue careers and men have started to take a more hands-on role in the lives of their children, this tradition is beginning to change.

Attorney Kelly Burris of Cordell & Cordell spoke to Fort Worth CBS 11 about this changing dynamic.

“There is still a leaning in the court system, though I think it is much more fair and equitable to dads than it used to be,” Burris said. “You have a lot more moms that work and dads that stay home. If they really were primary or equally involved during the marriage, then they have a really good chance of getting either 50/50 or primary in trial or settlement.”

 

Preparing For Your Divorce

Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell explained to SundayPaper.com that preparation is of the utmost importance if a man foresees a divorce in the future.

“Often, guys have a sense a divorce is on its way, and for that reason [a guy] should get an attorney as quickly as he has reason to suspect that a divorce petition is coming down the pike,” he said. “That allows more flexibility and planning time than hiring an attorney after a case has ‘hardened.'”