This week, Cordell & Cordell announced that Fort Worth Senior Attorney Lauren Melhart was one of only 34 family law attorneys to receive Board Certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2014. [Read more…]
Cordell & Cordell just announced a free Men’s Divorce School seminar, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The seminar will take place at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.
Men’s Divorce School is a general divorce education event geared for the public, which provides a crash course on Divorce 101. Those who attend either event will get an overview of the divorce process, child support, spousal support, custody, general tips and strategies to use.
The event is free, and complimentary beverages are provided. Registration begins at 6 pm, and the presentation goes from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Register below, at the Men’s Divorce School site here or by calling
This week, Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell talked about the importance of fathers and their parental rights on Love 860 radio, based in the Atlanta area. Mr. Cordell also contributed acolumn about financial advisors and preparing for clients going through divorce to Financial Advisor magazine.
An alimony case in Nebraska successfully argued by a Cordell & Cordell attorney that the law had to be gender blind should serve as a wake-up call to men that asking for alimony should not be shameful or undignified, Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell writes in his most recent Huffington Post divorce column.
In “Why Don’t More Men Ask For Alimony?”, Mr. Cordell argues part of the problem with only 3 percent of men receiving alimony is that guys refuse to ask for it.
“Our attorneys have found guys believe asking for alimony is perceived as a sign of weakness, further emasculating them in a relationship that was already lopsided and broken,” Mr. Cordell writes. “If the roles were reversed, the wife would ask for alimony and not blink an eye at an award.”
But if guys are too afraid, embarrassed, or ashamed to petition for spousal support then do not be surprised if that “97 percent of alimony payers are men” figure remains that lopsided in the coming years.
Read Mr. Cordell’s full Huffington Post column, “Why Don’t More Men Ask For Alimony?”
By arguing the law had to be gender blind, Cordell & Cordell Omaha divorce lawyer Jamie Kinkaid successfully defended an appeal allowing her male client to receive an alimony award.
The Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled the lower court was reasonable in awarding alimony to the husband, Ms. Kinkaid’s client, not based on need but more so on the contributions to the marriage and disparity in income.
Opposing counsel argued alimony should only be based on need and that the husband earned a decent wage that was more than his living expenses. However, Ms. Kinkaid presented case law that evidenced the lower court was correct with the only difference being that of gender since her client is male.
“I think the case serves as a reminder that justice is actually blind to gender, as it should be,” Ms. Kinkaid said. “It should serve as a wake-up to men that asking for alimony should not be shameful or undignified. If the roles were reversed, your wife would ask for alimony and not blink at an award.”
If you are a man faced with divorce, don’t succumb to historically gender biased preconceived notions about what a male can be awarded in a divorce case. Contact a Cordell & Cordell divorce lawyer to discuss your options.