Joseph Cordell, Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell, P.C., spoke with the National Law Journal about his firm’s recent expansion and the perception of disadvantages that men face in family court.
Cordell, whose firm specializes in representing men in divorce litigation, stated “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. 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.”