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Joe Cordell’s Huffington Post Column On Domestic Violence

huffington post shared parentingIn his latest Huffington Post column, Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell wrote about the frequency with which false allegations of abuse are used against men during divorce cases.  [Read more…]

Men’s Divorce Podcast: Domestic Violence And Your Divorce

Men's Divorce PodcastEach month, the Cordell & Cordell Men’s Divorce Podcast features interviews with authors, politicians and other divorce professionals on issues men face during the divorce process.  [Read more…]

Huffington Post Features Joe Cordell’s 5 Musts To Handling Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, when guys going through divorce say they are the victims of domestic violence, they are often met with blank stares, suspicion and disbelief.

Cordell & Cordell CEO Joseph E. Cordell wrote about the frustrating reality in his article “The Fives Musts For Dealing With Domestic Violence In Your Divorce” appearing on

“Let me be clear,” Mr. Cordell wrote. “Violence against women should not be tolerated, just as violence against men should not be tolerated. But in my experience and in the opinions of other Cordell & Cordell attorneys, men have a harder case to prove that they are the victims, not the perpetrators.”

If you are a victim of abuse, in order to prove your case — as well as protect your family — when domestic violence is an issue in your divorce, consider following “The Fives Musts For Dealing With Domestic Violence In Your Divorce.”

Mother Kills Child In Response to Custody Ruling

Police in Sachse, Texas, were waiting outside of the house of a woman who had just lost her son in a custody battle when they heard several shots. The father of the child was present and was trying to enter the residence when the incident occurred, The Associated Press reported.

Less than an hour before the shooting, a jury had given Rodney McCall custody of Eryk Hayslett-McCall and terminated the parental rights of his mother, Karen Hayslett-McCall. The father asked the police to meet him at the residence for the transfer.

“I think there was some thought that there would be a problem with the transfer,” Dennis Veach, the police chief of Sachse, told the AP.

After the police forcibly entered the residence they found both the mother and the son dead.

According to WFAA Dallas, the nasty divorce and child custody hearings had affected the state of mind that Karen was in and may have been the cause of the incident.

“I guess she just couldn’t handle the fact that she was losing him,” Joan Irek, a neighbor, told the news source.

Mom, Child arrested after child custody fight

A Kentucky woman and her adult daughter were arrested after reportedly injuring a man during a child custody fight, according to KFVS News.

Candice Singleton-Buie, 23, and her mother, 48-year-old Kathy Mellinger, allegedly arrived at a home in Boaz and grabbed two children from the front yard. The pair reportedly put the children into their car without child restraints, prompting family members to attempt to stop the vehicle, the news station reports.

Police said the mother-daughter pair hit a man in the leg as they drove away from the scene. In addition, the source reports the vehicle hit another car while it sped off, all while the children were in the backseat.

Although police said the incident was a “child custody fight that got out of control” the source did not specify whether the injured man was the children’s father.

Singleton-Buie was charged with two counts of fourth degree assault, one count of second degree assault, three counts of wanton endangerment and one count of first degree criminal mischief. Mellinger was charged with alcoholic intoxication and possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle.

Approximately 86 percent of custodial parents in the U.S. are mothers, while the rest are fathers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.