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VIDEO: Bryan Abercrombie Talks Arian Foster Paternity Case With Great Day Houston

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 10.33.59 AMCordell & Cordell Houston divorce lawyer and Team Leader Bryan Abercrombie appeared on Great Day Houston to discuss a pending lawsuit against NFL running back Arian Foster alleging Foster tried to strong-arm his mistress into aborting their unborn child. Foster denies the claims.

Mr. Abercrombie talked about child support in paternity proceedings, including who is responsible for covering medical expenses incurred. He also offered tips on how to handle social media when involved in a child custody or divorce proceeding.

The full interview is available below. (Note: the segment begins at the 4:10 mark of the video.)

Heather Biagi Discusses Fathers’ Rights On St. Louis Public Radio

kwmuSt. Louis family law attorney Heather Biagi appeared on “St. Louis On The Air” to discuss fathers’ rights and the challenges dads face in family law courts.

Child support in particular makes things complicated, especially in paternity cases.

“You can be deemed by the state to be dad for purposes of paying child support, but not for purposes of custody and visitation,” Biagi told host Don Marsh.

This means a father can be paying child support to a mother while simultaneously paying court and attorney fees to gain custody and visitation rights.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Disparity Between Child Support and Custody Enforcement

Cordell & Cordell CEO and Co-founder Joseph CordellIt is evident that the enforcement of child support and visitation are treated separately in the civil system, according to Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell’s latest Huffington Post divorce column.

The law is quick and severe when child support is not paid but is largely toothless when a father is denied access to his children.

The disparity between enforcement of failing to pay child support and custodial interference is particularly calamitous for fathers, who represent 87.1 percent of child support payers and 82.6 percent of noncustodial parents, according to the U.S. Census.

“Much is made of the offensive moniker ‘deadbeat dads’ and the histrionic punishments doled out by zealous judges,” Mr. Cordell writes. “However, throughout my 20+ years with Cordell & Cordell advocating for fathers’ rights, it is apparent the more pertinent story is the paucity of attention, much less innovation, given the reciprocal problem relating to primary custodians that defy court orders respecting the other parent’s access and participation in children’s lives.”

Read the full column on HuffingtonPost.com: “Disparity Between Child Support and Custody Enforcement.”

Dorothy Ripka Comments On Sperm Donor Being Sued For Child Support

wbapCordell & Cordell Partner Dorothy Ripka appeared on WBAP Dallas radio to discuss the State of Kansas suing a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple for child support.

William Marotta answered an online ad in 2009 from a lesbian couple who were seeking a sperm donor.

According to media reports, Marotta and the women signed an agreement waiving his parental rights, but the state argues that because Marotta didn’t go through a clinic or doctor as required by state law then he can be held responsible for back child support as well as future financial responsibilities.

Ms. Ripka commented on the unique situation with host Brian Estridge and offered tips on how men can protect themselves from a potential lifetime of liability for a child they thought they relinquished rights to.

Cordell & Cordell Featured In Business Insider On Rise Of ‘Man-imony’

With many of the nation’s top divorce lawyers citing an increase in the number of women ordered to pay alimony (often referred to as “man-imony”), Business Insider asked Cordell & Cordell CEO Joseph Cordell to confirm the trend through a survey of the firm’s 145 family law attorneys located in 24 states.

Cordell & Cordell attorneys affirmed that the trend is not a fluke; more women are being saddled with alimony and child support payments that have long been considered almost guaranteed to be ordered to the father in divorce cases.

“This is a glacial but positive movement on the part of judges to be more gender blind in divorce court,” Mr. Cordell told Business Insider.

It’s also a sign that women are finding more success on their career paths and are now becoming more responsible for financial obligations to the family.

However, there is still progress to be made, according to Mr. Cordell.

“One thing I heard back from our divorce lawyers was while we consider it cause for celebration … judges are still tight-fisted when they’re pulling money out of the wife’s hands for the husband’s support,” he said. “There’s still not symmetry there.”

For more information, read the full article “Men Winning Divorce Battles.”