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Cordell & Cordell Opens New Offices In Four States

Cordell & Cordell new office openingsCordell & Cordell is proud to announce the opening of four new offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Arlington, Va.; and Dearborn, Mich.

The firm has now opened nine new offices since the start of 2015. The new offices are part of Cordell & Cordell’s continued expansion in an effort to support men through the divorce process.

The firm, which is the nation’s largest domestic litigation firm representing men, now has more than 170 attorneys working in 30 states.  [Read more…]

Ex-husband files complaint against judge during divorce case

The ex-husband of country music star Sara Evans has filed a complaint against Williamson County Judge James G. Martin III due to his alleged actions during the divorce proceedings of Craig Schelske, according to The Tennessean.

A complaint against the judge was filed by Schelske following the divorce proceedings that Martin was the administrator for. The news source reported that the ex-husband was found guilty of six counts of civil contempt, charges that are denied by the defendant due to alleged bias by the judge.

According to The Associated Press, the complaint has been received by Martin and he is preparing a statement in defense of his actions. Schelske claimed that the judge had violated his First Amendment speech rights due to the issuance of a gag order.

Schelske has also filed suit against the attorney that had been hired by his former wife, as he noted that the individual dealt with a case in an unfair manner, reported the news outlet.

The ex-husband has claimed that the attorney had defamed him in several publications during and after the trial, according to The Tennessean.

Spousal support award reversed in Tennessee Supreme Court

When Craig Gonsewski went through a divorce from his wife Johanna after 21 years of marriage, he was ordered to pay lifetime alimony to his ex-spouse. However, the Tennessee Supreme Court has absolved him of that duty because his ex-wife holds a stable job with considerable income, the Chattanoogan reports.

After the divorce, spousal support was denied because both parties were college educated with high-paying jobs, according to the news source, but on an appeal to the Court of Appeals, that decision was reversed and Gonsewski was forced to pay $1,250 per month in alimony until his ex-wife’s death or remarriage.

Then the state Supreme Court stepped in, unanimously voting to eliminate the lifetime alimony award because of Johanna Gonsewski’s stable finances and her significant amount of assets taken during the division of property. The ex-wife argued to the court that she could not maintain her previous standard of living before the divorce, which is a major factor in awarding alimony, but the Supreme Court disagreed.

According to WDEF, the divorce rate in Tennessee is above the national average, at 11.4 percent for men and 11.6 percent for women. The news source reports that spike could be due to the shorter divorce process in the state compared to other areas.

Amicable divorces and co-parenting help children cope

While divorce is a painful subject, both emotionally and financially, some families have found a way to co-parent amicably for the greater good of their children, the Shreveport Times reports.

According to the news source, couples must understand, especially when a new relationship is started by an ex-spouse, that putting aside differences and being flexible can help in co-parenting children and child custody arrangements.

Tom and Robin Williams have been divorced more than seven years, but the parents told the publication that they decided early on to put aside their conflicts to raise their child, Laura, in a happy environment.

“What happened between the parents is between the parents and has nothing to do with the child whatsoever,” Tom Williams explained. “There shouldn’t be any reason why they should grow up feeling some kind of hostility from one parent or another.”

According to Bradford Gioia in a recent column for the Tennessean, parents staying together is not always the best option. He reminisced that his parents separated when he was 11 years old but reunited less than two years later. Thirty years after the reunion, they were officially divorced, and Gioia believes they would have been happier parents had they just divorced and began new lives.

Divorces made easier cheaper in Tennessee

The Tennessee Supreme Court has approved an easier, more straight-forward divorce system for couples without minor children or pension plans, The Commercial Appeal reports.

Starting September 1, eligible adults can file for uncontested divorces without lawyers thanks to new forms that avoid using confusing legal terms and include easy-to-read instructions and information about what will happen in court. This paperwork can also be downloaded online for more convenience.

The forms will not replace attorneys, but they will serve as a helpful resource when starting the divorce process. The goal of the new system is to make access to the legal system easier, especially for people from low socio-economic communities.

“The legal system should be accessible to all Tennesseans, regardless of income level,” Chief Jusice Cornelia A. Clark explained to the publication.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 56,441 marriages in 2009 and 25,879 divorces. Henderson County recorded the highest rate of divorce that year, recording 792 divorces at a rate of 29 per 1,000 population. The county with the next highest divorce rate was Tipton. The region’s 641 divorces in 2009 were at a rate of 10.6 per 1,000 population.