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Cordell & Cordell Adds Offices In Two New States

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Cordell & Cordell recently added offices in two new states in an effort to provide even more men and fathers with the legal support and resources needed to navigate the divorce process.

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Lawyers expect gay marriage to bring business

Divorce lawyers are one group certainly cheering for New York’s successful bid to legalize same-sex marriage.

According to multiple media outlets, divorce lawyers and experts expect to see a whole new demographic of clients in their office, although they are not necessarily celebrating a possible increase in business.

“I may be a divorce lawyer, but I don’t hope for the demise of marriages,” Bettina D. Hinden, a divorce lawyer, told the New York Times.

Bettina said understanding the new implications for divorce posed by gay marriage is an issue that will be investigated in coming weeks. Child custody questions – such as a case where a lesbian couple raises a child together but only one is the legal guardian and birth mother – and where a couple can actually divorce are two major complications that may come to light.

Alton Abramowitz, the vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, told the New York Daily News that divorce lawyers will likely see an increase in business over the next decade. In addition, he said there will likely be a surge in gay and lesbian couples requesting prenuptial agreements.

New York is the the largest state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa and Washington, D.C., have also legalized the institution for gay couples.

Gingrich supports fathers rights

While attending the Seacoast Republican Women’s Breakfast in New Hampshire, former Speaker of the House New Gingrich said the U.S. family court system has an “extreme anti-male bias” when designating a custody dispute between a mother and father, according to the blog Fathers and Families.

Newt Gingrich fathers rightsRead the DadsDivorce.com article “Newt Gingrich Criticizes Discrimination Against Fathers Rights.”

Gingrich discussed his views on the issue after he was approached by Fathers and Families activists at the event. At issue was the fact that the U.S. legal system typically awards minor custody to women considerably more often than men if a couple splits up, according to the news source.

When asked about his thoughts on family court reform, Gingrich said he believes the nation has progressed to a point that authorities should realize men have just as much right to see their children as women.

“We live in an age that is very different than 50 years ago and I think that it … is very important…that we have a much greater sensitivity that both sides, both parents, both have rights and have responsibilities…” he said.

About 75 percent of all custody awards in the U.S. are given exclusively to the mother, while only about 10 percent are made solely to fathers, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.