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Joseph Cordell Featured on Lawyers.com on Dwyane Wade Custody Case

Joseph CordellNBA star Dwyane Wade filed a custody modification requesting his ex-wife have her visitation rights suspended, though this type of request is rarely granted, Cordell & Cordell CEO Joseph Cordell told Lawyers.com.

Wade’s ex-wife, Siovaughn Funches-Wade, allegedly refused to return their two children to Wade during his scheduled visitation time on Father’s Day. She was arrested and faces criminal charges in addition to a loss of parenting time, but Cordell said Wade’s case is no slam dunk.

“Even a neglectful or possibly abusive parent may still have access to the children through supervised visits because it rarely is in the children’s best interests to cut off visitation completely with one parent,” Cordell said.

And Wade faces another typical issue in custody cases: “Historically, it has not worked in the favor of guys,” Cordell said. “It’s true there has been progress in the family law system overcoming its gender bias, though rarely is the playing field even.”

Read the full interview with Joseph Cordell on Lawyers.com: “Dwyane Wade Challenges Ex-Wife’s Visitation Rights.”

Joe Cordell Talks Divorce Rights For Men In Wisconsin

Joseph CordellCordell & Cordell co-founder Joseph Cordell appeared this morning on “Outside The Box” with Mitch Henck on WIBA 1310 in Madison, Wisconsin, where he discussed fathers’ rights and took questions from callers about how to protect themselves in divorce cases.

Henck brought up the fact that there are more fathers who do not pay child support to which Cordell replied:

“What becomes publicized is that statistic, but since most guys do not get custody that puts most guys in the position to be paying child support. But what isn’t brought up is guys are consistently denied visitation,” Cordell said. “It’s a chronic issue, but it gets no play. Of course being denied the right to see is children is going to impact a guy’s willingness to hand over money when he knows a good portion of child support probably is not going to the children.”

Mitch Henck radio showCordell added: “If a guy is denied his visitation, he has to get a lawyer, spend thousands of dollars, and spend months in court. By contrast, if a mother doesn’t get paid her child support, she can get a garnishment and get the guy in front of a judge on charges of contempt within days.”

Joseph Cordell On “Outside The Box”:

 

Careful planning can remove holiday stress for children of divorce

The transition for children of divorced parents during the holidays can be difficult, as many of the traditions that existed when their father and mother were together will like change following the split.

The London Free Press reported that cooperation and advanced planning need to occur in order for the holidays to go smoothly, helping children forget about the problems that may exist between their two parents.

“Fail to plan, plan to fail,” Karen Stewart, a divorce mediator, told the news source. “If parents do not plan then kids are often left torn between where to go, who to spend time with – juggling the two families and extended families is more than any kids should have to handle.”

New traditions can be created to replace older ones, helping to generate new memories for children and limiting the amount that they will miss the days when the family celebrated the holidays together, according to the Press.

The New York Times reported that children who are young can adapt to any significant changes if they are explained to them in the right way. An open dialogue needs to exist between parents and their kids.

Haslam signs Tennessee child custody bill

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that will require judges to consider how to maximize both parents involvement in their child’s life when making custody decisions, reported The Associated Press.

While other factors will be considered as well, the media outlet said the requirement may lead some judges to increase visitation time and designate equal 50-50 custody more often. Supporters of the legislation say judges should be presented with the tools needed to do what is in the best interest of a child, according to the AP.

The law will only apply to new custody cases. The source said parents under older court orders will have to demonstrate a considerable change in circumstances to alter their visitation and custody schedules.

The legislation passed 92-0 in the state House of Representatives and 19-9 in the Senate. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Andy Berke of Chattanooga.

The approval comes amidst a series of family law proposals in Tennessee. The state Supreme Court is set to decide a case that could determine how alimony is awarded between a divorced couple, in addition to another case pertaining to paternity fraud.