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Family Law Firm Pitched as Divorced Guy’s Guys

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article detailing Cordell & Cordell’s unique approach of representing men in divorce.

Most state laws do not allow courts to decide a case by giving preferential treatment to one gender or the other. But according to Joseph Cordell, Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell, men need help countering “influential organizations outside the mainstream of society and their insistence on women’s interests to the utter exclusion of the merits of a given case.”

Cordell noted that “men often have to work a little harder to be awarded primary custody. When you’re disadvantaged, you’ll continue to be so unless you do what you can to help yourself.”

Cordell & Cordell and its website DadsDivorce.com are not political activism forums, nor are they actively involved in the fathers’ or men’s rights movement. Cordell explains that the firm’s clients “don’t have the time to invest in legislative or social movements. They’re fighting for their families, not a cause.”

St. Louis Family Law Firm Focused on Men

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently discovered the carnage and aftermath of divorce that men encounter as seen on the forum section of DadsDivorce.com. The website is owned and maintained by Cordell & Cordell, a law firm dedicated to working with men facing divorce.

Father’s rights movements have been insisting for many years that family courts are biased towards women. When looking at these websites, it doesn’t take long to see the rage these father’s feel towards the court system.

Cordell & Cordell co-founder, Joseph Cordell, stated that although he is not a political activist, he doesn’t “want to shy away from being brutally frank.”

“We’re really less involved in a movement or a political cause so much as we want to help a group who have very practical issues,” he said. “They don’t want to spend the time in a political fight for justice.”

Die Welt Newspaper: In The Name Of The Father

Cordell & Cordell was featured in the international German news magazine Die Welt. Principal Partner Joseph Cordell explains the difficulties that fathers in the United States face in the current family court systems.

A recent Midwest divorce proceeding involved a father leaving his wife due to her alcoholism. Despite the evidence against her, the court awarded the mother custody and the father lost not only his children but $20,000 in attorney and court fees.

“It is sad and frustrating,” said Cordell. “The judgment shows that women in divorce proceedings use weapons against which men stand little chance. In divorce proceedings, men are entirely and clearly at a disadvantage, financially as well as morally.”

Read the article on father’s rights.

Fathers’ Rights Firm Branches Out

Joseph Cordell, Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell, spoke with the National Law Journal about his firm’s office expansion and the perception of disadvantages that men face in family court.

Cordell, whose firm solely represents men in divorce litigation, said, “We were always representing more men than women and saw a lot of challenges guys face that women don’t. It is the reverse of other circumstances in our culture.”

He explained that many times men are at a disadvantage in family court because of self-fulfilling prophecies.

“I’ve been told that when guys fight for primary custody they succeed about as often as moms do, but the reality is most guys don’t fight for primary custody because they believe they have no prospect of success,” Cordell said. “Guys come to us, heads hanging low about their expectations, because of what they hear at work or maybe from other lawyers. That’s how you end up with a man who agrees to pay 75% of his income to mom and child, so he ends up working a second job and still cannot participate in his child’s life to the extent he wants. No one wins in that situation.”

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