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Joe Cordell, Jennifer Paine and Cordell & Cordell Highlighted in USA Today Article about Fathers’ Rights

Principal Partner Joe Cordell, attorney Jennifer Paine and Cordell & Cordell clients recently contributed to a USA Today article about fathers’ rights, which was published this past Father’s Day weekend.

The article, “More dads demand equal custody rights,” ran in 35 other newspapers across the country with a total readership of 1.7 million people.

“Guys are living in a world where there are equal rights in the workplace. They live in families where their wives’ pay is as much as theirs. Now, they’re becoming insistent that their role be respected in family court and that the traditional stereotypes have to go,” said Mr. Cordell.

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based attorney Jennifer Paine mentioned that “Custody decisions not only vary from state to state, but even greatly within a state within a county from judge to judge.”

Find copies of the article’s print version in PDF form below.

USA Today Article, Page One

USA Today Article, Page Two


St. Louis Divorce Seminar in May

Cordell & Cordell Men's Divorce School.

Don’t miss “Men’s Divorce School,” a complimentary seminar presented by domestic litigation firm Cordell & Cordell. This seminar provides a crash course in information related to divorce.

How is custody decided? Is it possible you will have to pay child support and spousal support? What is the divorce process like in St. Louis?

You can learn the answers to these questions and more at this complimentary seminar. Doors open at 6 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:30 pm.

St. Louis seminar: Tuesday, May 13, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

Topics for “Men’s Divorce School” include an overview of spousal support, child support, custody, property division and the divorce process, while offering tips and strategies for your case.

If you’re facing a divorce – perhaps one you don’t even want – you should attend the free “Men’s Divorce School” seminar this May.

Register below, at the Men’s Divorce School site here or by calling

Men’s Health Examines The Custody Bias With Joe Cordell examined “The Custody Bias” and, with the help of Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell, answered the questions: Is the justice system unfair to fathers seeking child custody? And what can dads do to keep their kids?

Mr. Cordell advises any man in a rocky marriage to take a critical look inward before the divorce papers arrive. Have you started drinking more than you should? Are you attending PTA meetings and doctor appointments?

“Somebody is going to talk about the fact that you weren’t there and your wife was,” Cordell told Prepare, and be honest, so you won’t be caught off guard. “Divorce is an ugly thing. That’s why you don’t want to go there unless you have to.”

Read the Men’s Health article on “The Custody Bias.”

Personal information released by child support agency in Washington state

The personal information of approximately 4,000 custodial parents were accidentally released by the Division of Child Support in Washington state, a violation of health privacy laws, the Seattle Times reports.

The agency announced that addresses were released, but none of those addresses were those of highly sensitive clients, such as foster families or victims of domestic violence. The individuals whose addresses were released have been contacted.

Addresses were accidentally released at the beginning of July, when a letter was sent to the employers of noncustodial parents to inform them of children who should be placed on the employee’s healthcare insurance plan.

In these letters, it was appropriate to include the addresses of the children and their custodial parents, but copies of these letters were inadvertently sent to the noncustodial parents. According to Adolfo Capestany, a spokesman for the Division of Child Support, an error in the coding of insurance-enrollment forms caused the mishap.

The release of personal information is not just a matter of privacy, but also of security. In some cases, noncustodial parents have been known to kidnap their own children. For example, a child in Tulsa was recently reported missing after his mother, the noncustodial parent, took off with him, KTUL reports. The child was eventually found at a Salvation Army.