Joe Cordell Receives Missouri Lawyers Weekly ICON Award

Joe Cordell Receives Missouri Lawyers Weekly ICON Award

Joe Cordell Receives Missouri Lawyers Weekly ICON Award 1

Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner and DadsDivorce sponsor Joseph E. Cordell recently was named selected as one of 27 attorneys to receive the ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly for notable and sustained success and leadership both within and beyond the field of law.

Launched in 2018, the ICON Awards are presented to distinguished
attorneys age 60 and older in recognition of their exemplary careers and
commitment to the Missouri legal community. Honorees must hold or have held a
senior position with significant decision-making authority with the firm or

The list of 2019 honorees includes founding partners,
judges, and public officials. Mr. Cordell and the rest of the 2019 honorees
will be celebrated at the second annual ICON Awards luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo. Honorees
also will be profiled in print and online in a special section of Missouri
Lawyers Weekly published May 27.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cordell has worked diligently to
better the legal community in Missouri.

Fighting for fathers’ rights is what motivated Mr. Cordell
to become a divorce lawyer for men. In 1990, while practicing general law, he
realized 85 to 90 percent of his clients were coming to the Cordell &
Cordell firm for domestic relations help.

“I was galvanized by guys who were my clients and trying to get
primary custody of their children. Even though they were the better parent,
they still couldn’t get across the finish line in the courts,” Mr. Cordell
said. “The more frustrated I became, the more incentivized I was to help them.”

As the Co-Founder and Principal Partner of Cordell & Cordell,
Mr. Cordell took this passion and created the largest family law firm focused
on representing men in divorce in the world. The firm has represented tens of
thousands of clients and is powered by nearly 300 attorneys and more than 100
legal staff in more than 100 offices throughout the United States and United

In 2016, Mr. Cordell founded Cordell Planning Partners, an elder care law firm that provides individuals the resources and information needed to make responsible decisions concerning their estate, assets, health, and well-being as they age.

Mr. Cordell is an active member of the American Academy of
Attorney-CPAs and was installed as the organizations 51st president
in 2014. In 2017, he was elected the AAA-CPA Missouri Chapter President.

Philanthropically, Mr. Cordell and has wife, Yvonne, have
continually given back to the legal community. They generously made a gift
commitment of $1 million in 2014 to establish and endow the Cordell & Cordell
Visiting Professorship at their law school alma mater, Washington University
School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. In 2018, the Cordells pledged $5 million to
Washington University to establish a new institute, the Joseph and Yvonne
Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law, to study issues of
ethics, medicine, and law. Additionally, the couple will provide annual support
to the establishment.

Mr. Cordell also has prioritized continuous learning and
education throughout his career and is committed to providing these opportunities to
other attorneys through ongoing education both internally and externally.

He is the driving force behind Cordell & Cordell’s annual
daylong CLE Domestic Litigation Forum, which each year gives the local legal
community the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of Missouri CLE credits in one
day for free.

He also developed Cordell College to provide an additional layer
of practice development for Cordell & Cordell attorneys. The internal
curriculum program ensures Cordell & Cordell attorneys are not only highly
skilled in domestic litigation but also in areas such as organization, time
management, and providing communication to their clients that is transparent and
easy to understand.

Click here to read more about the ICON Awards or to purchase tickets to the Awards Banquet.

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Tips For Dividing Marital Property During Divorce

Tips For Dividing Marital Property During Divorce

The process of dividing marital property during divorce begins with taking an inventory of all you, as a couple, have acquired during the marriage. Anything you owned before the marriage and anything inherited during the marriage will not count as marital property.

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3 Lessons To Learn From Jeff Bezos’ Divorce

Jeff Bezos divorceThe celebrity divorce of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie after 25 years of marriage has generated thousands of news headlines as legal experts are weighing in on what might happen to their $137 billion fortune. This split will go down as one of the most expensive divorces in history.

Although most divorcing couples do not have nearly as much wealth at stake as the Bezos family, there still are some lessons to learn from their breakup.

Get a prenup!

Perhaps the most important takeaway is how valuable a prenuptial agreement can be in the event of divorce.

Most of the Bezos’ fortune was built during the course of their marriage. Since the couple lives in Washington, which is a community property state, most of their estate is subject to a 50-50 split.

Although more couples are requesting prenuptial agreements, they still are an underutilized tool that could save many divorcing spouses from a lot of headaches and heartbreak.

Unfortunately, prenups often are seen as a precursor to divorce and a detriment to marriage. After all, no one wants to even acknowledge the possibility of divorce when wedding bells are ringing.

But with approximately half of all marriages ending in divorce, you would be ignoring reality if you did not take steps to protect yourself from the worst-case scenario.

“It is important to understand that agreeing to a prenup is not planning on your marriage failing; it is providing a plan for how to deal with the property of the parties in the event the marriage does not last,” said Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner Joe Cordell. “It is only ever used in the event that the marriage fails, which could happen whether or not the prenup was signed.”

Cordell & Cordell understands the concerns men face during divorce.

For Jeff Bezos, it was impossible to forecast the enormous fortune he would go on to build when he and MacKenzie first tied the knot. However, you do not have to be exorbitantly wealthy to benefit from a prenup. Generally, prenuptial agreements can cover:

  • Property rights
  • Rights for alimony or spousal support
  • Rights for attorney fees
  • Retirement accounts
  • Each party’s finances
  • Ownership rights in regards to life insurance or disability policies

It is important to get in touch with a men’s divorce attorney who can help you determine what to include in a prenuptial agreement and to ensure that it is in fact enforceable. This important step is possibly the best way to protect yourself from a nasty divorce.

Affairs can cost you

A potential confounding factor in Bezos’ divorce is that he started dating news anchor/actress Lauren Sanchez during the separation period from his wife. It is uncertain, but that relationship could give his wife MacKenzie more leverage.

In this day and age, judges are rarely concerned with who is to blame in the divorce since no-fault divorce is now the norm, but that relationship could spur MacKenzie to push for more in the divorce settlement than she might have otherwise.

In most cases, infidelity rarely affects the distribution of assets or child custody determinations, but it could impact alimony or spousal support depending on your state’s laws. A cheating spouse may lose their right to alimony if an affair can be proven, even with a no-fault divorce.

It pays to work things out

Although Amazon stakeholders are concerned about what this divorce could mean for the company, it is somewhat encouraging that the couple is at least reportedly parting on amicable terms.

In a tweet announcing the divorce, Bezos stated they are remaining “cherished friends.”

However, just because the divorce process begins on friendly terms is no guarantee it will remain that way. Cordell & Cordell Fairfax divorce attorney Aaron J. Weaver says he’s seen plenty of divorces start amicably before quickly deteriorating.

“What I’ve seen in my practice is it’s not uncommon for parties to start out in a collaborative way seeking settlement and at some point in time someone gets rubbed the wrong way in negotiations, pushes away from the table, and then sometimes mud starts getting slung,” Mr. Weaver said.

The unfortunate truth is that the family court system is set up in a way that breeds conflict. Society should do more to support amicable divorce as it is in the best interest of both parties involved and especially beneficial as the couple co-parents together if they have any children.

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DadsDivorce Wishes You A Merry Christmas

holiday parenting timeTo our readers,

While the holidays are a time of joy for many families, that is not always the case when you have gone through divorce or are in the middle of one.

Divorced fathers often spend the holidays separated from their children, and that is heartbreaking. It is especially tough when it is your first holiday season as a divorced dad. Instead of warmth and happiness, you might be feeling isolated and lonely.

As tough as this is, it is important to keep in mind these emotions are all part of the healing process. DadsDivorce has produced numerous articles, videos, and podcasts to help guys like you through this difficult transition.

At DadsDivorce and Men’s Divorce, you can find resources that offer practical tips to help you through this time. On our Men’s Divorce Forum provides a community of men and fathers who have gone through similar experiences who can help you learn how to cope and strive after divorce. Our sponsor, Cordell & Cordell, is dedicated to giving men the legal resources they need to rebuild their lives after divorce.

We hope you are able to spend this time of year with your loved ones. For those of you who are not that fortunate, remember you are not alone.

Happy Holidays from DadsDivorce and DadsDivorce sponsor Cordell & Cordell.

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A Business is an Income and an Asset During Divorce: Why That Matters

A Business is an Income and an Asset During Divorce: Why That Matters

When you go through a divorce and own a family business it matters what that business earns and how those earnings are reported.

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Lottery Winnings & Divorce: Do I need to Split the Winnings With My Ex?

Lottery Winnings & Divorce: Do I need to Split the Winnings With My Ex?

You’re separated or divorced and you hit the jackpot. What happens next? Find out below if you’ll have to share your winnings with your ex.

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Free Chattanooga Men’s Divorce School Webinar Oct. 9

Men's Divorce School WebinarDadsDivorce sponsor Cordell & Cordell is offering a free Men’s Divorce School webinar from noon to 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 9 for men in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area.

The webinar will review the 10 stupidest mistakes men make during divorce and how to avoid them. It will give guys a convenient way to learn more about what to expect from divorce in a private setting.

Cordell & Cordell divorce lawyers will provide an overview of how the divorce process works and go over the 10 most common missteps that end up hurting men, including moving out of the marital residence, choosing the wrong attorney, waiting for your wife to file, hiding information from your attorney, and more.

Making the wrong move during divorce can derail your life if you are not careful. Many guys enter the process assuming it won’t be that bad only to find out the difficult truth after the fact. It is a good idea to educate yourself on what to expect so you are not caught off-guard.

Learn more about what rights you have as you navigate the divorce process by signing up for Cordell & Cordell’s free Chattanooga Men’s Divorce School webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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New Book Quotes Joe Cordell About Plight Of American Men

divorce depressionIn his new book, “Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life,” author Andrew Yarrow attempts to explain why so many men are feeling unwanted, unloved, disenfranchised, and left behind.

Mr. Yarrow, who is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute and former New York Times reporter, Labor Department speechwriter, and United States history professor at American University, examines the complex interplay between economics and culture that has devastated many American men. He rejects the cut-and-dry assessment that these men are either victims or culprits and draws on empirical data and personal interviews in communities across the United States to untangle the reasons why many men feel disconnected from family, work, and civic and community life.

While critiquing the flaws of the modern family court system, Mr. Yarrow speaks to Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner Joseph Cordell regarding how courts tend to minimize the importance of fathers when making child custody decisions.

“We regard it as a basic truth that the father-child relationship is as important as the mother-child relationship and that gender-based discrimination in family court is unconscionable,” Mr. Cordell said. “You’re up against the stereotype that women are the primary caregivers and men are the primary breadwinners. Today those stereotypes have more exceptions than they did twenty years ago.”

The issue, Mr. Cordell goes on to say, is one of civil rights.

“This is a civil rights issue,” he said. “What civil right is more important than the role that a parent plays in a child’s life? But this civil right is in the dark corner of the room. It’s an orphan. Most people are not particularly disturbed by it. There are no powerful voices.”

Mr. Yarrow explains how the political climate further complicates matters by coloring peoples’ perceptions of the issue. Progressives primarily focus on how the modern economy has resulted in stagnant wages for millions of men and how few job prospects there are for men who were formerly incarcerated. Conservatives see a culture that tolerates laziness, loss of work ethic, and skirting of fatherly responsibilities.

“Labels like ‘progressive’ or ‘conservative’ don’t really characterize this debate,” Mr. Yarrow said in a press release. “Both sets of factors are at play and they interact – if not cause – each other.”

Mr. Yarrow not only explores the root causes of these complex problems, but also proposes a way to move forward. He suggests national and local changes that could improve education, job opportunities, criminal justice, and public health and cultural improvements that would emphasize values such as responsibility and hard work while dismantling the misogyny and toxic masculinity that fuels the “angry white man.”

The book will be released on September 11. Click here to pre-order.

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What to Know About High-Asset Divorce in California

What to Know About High-Asset Divorce in California

Are you a high-net-worth individual going through a divorce in California? Ensuring you take the right steps during a high-asset divorce and seek out professional help can save you a lot of trouble down the line.

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Wishing You A Happy Father’s Day

Father's DayFather’s Day is a day in which we take time to recognize the love that our dads so willingly show throughout the year. Throughout much of the year, the daily sacrifices fathers make for their children go either underappreciated or unnoticed.

However, although they do not always get the credit they deserve, dads play a critically important role in raising healthy, well-rounded children.

Unfortunately, the deck is often stacked against fathers. They face numerous stereotypes that are outdated and unfair, and in recent years, we have even seen Father’s Day ad campaigns that marginalize dads.

For fathers who have recently gone through a divorce or separation, things are even more challenging. Father’s Day is undoubtedly different after divorce, and many dads are forced to spend the holiday away from their children. That is a tough spot to be in.

It is important to keep in mind that a divorced dad is still a dad. You might not spend as much time around your children as you would like, but they still need you to play an active role in their lives and to remain emotionally engaged.

No matter what circumstances you find yourself in this year, know that your children are lucky to have a father who is strong, dependable, caring, and compassionate. Happy Father’s Day.

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