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Frequently Asked Questions



What is the Cordell & Cordell mission?

We are advisers and advocates for men before, during, and after divorce, with a passionate and intelligent devotion to excellence.

  • Our passionate devotion to excellence calls us to rigorous honesty, loyalty, and tenacity.
  • Our intelligent devotion to excellence calls us to great imagination, organization, and proficiency.

Why should I hire Cordell & Cordell?

Our firm is different from other firms in regards to exclusively practicing family law and thereby having a deep understanding of the concerns and issues faced divorce. As you might be aware, there are not many law firms that dedicate their practices to fully understanding family law issues. At Cordell & Cordell, that focus gives us our strength.

Cordell & Cordell is purposely structured so each solicitor is utilizing the knowledge capital of the entire firm. You are not just hiring one of our solicitors to stand by your side, but the entire firm.

Alongside our legal representation, Cordell & Cordell provides a client care representative for every client. If at any point you have a concern with your case, your Client Care Representative is there to assist you.

Does Cordell & Cordell represent men exclusively?

Cordell & Cordell does not in any way promote the representation of men to the exclusion of representing women. Our firm respects and promotes diversity and gladly accepts and represents female clients as well as male clients alike.

We are a firm that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity, which applies across the board of our practice, both in the representation of our clients to the policies we instill when considering who to employ and who to promote within the firm. Our firm is comprised of both male and female staff of varying ages, religious beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds.

For more information about Cordell & Cordell’s diversity efforts, please visit our diversity page.

What is the history of Cordell & Cordell?

Cordell & Cordell was co-founded in the United States in 1990 by Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, as a general practice firm with a focus on men’s divorce and family law.

Mr. Cordell noticed about 98 percent of the firm’s clients were men, and the need for a level playing field in divorce courts sparked the idea of Cordell & Cordell focusing on representing men.

Our firm has developed the unique experience and familiarity with the male perspective as it is affected in the family law courts to allow our clients to feel comfortable that their point of view is understood and accurately represented.

Cordell & Cordell has grown to more than 110 offices across the United States and in early 2015 opened its first office in the UK. With more than 170 divorce solicitors focused on men’s family law, we have become one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world.

Read more about the history of Cordell & Cordell.

How much is the initial consultation fee?

We are unable to offer any legal guidance based upon contact from the website as each person’s situation is unique. This does require you to set up an initial consultation with one of our solicitors so the facts can be properly reviewed.

Your first step will be to contact our scheduling department to set up an initial consultation via phone, our contact form or through the live chat option available in the bottom right corner of your screen.

There is a fee for the initial consultation that will be quoted upon calling to schedule.

What is a divorce going to cost me? Can I afford it?

It is very difficult to predict the cost of a divorce. It all depends on the issues involved and how the opposing party is going to respond to the divorce.

However, the more contested issues that arise will add to the cost of the divorce. The more issues that clients and the opposing party can agree upon, the lower the cost of the divorce.

When discussing whether a client can afford to go through a divorce, we often explain to the client that there are highs and lows in a divorce case. At the onset of a case, fees will be quite expensive with getting the initial pleadings (petitions and answers) filed and working on getting temporary orders (dealing with possession and access to children, property issues and financials) issued.

What form of payments does Cordell & Cordell accept for an initial consultation?

We accept checks or any major credit cards at all our locations and some locations accept cash. Please contact the office nearest you for information on what payments are accepted at that location.

What is the Cordell & Cordell solicitor hourly rate?

It is hard to provide an exact hourly rate, as it will depend on the solicitor handling your case. We want the best solicitor match for each specific case. You will be assigned the solicitor best equipped to handle the unique circumstances of your case and the hourly rate will be determined at that time.

What is the Cordell & Cordell retainer amount?

Clients must pay their retainers in full before any work can be done. The amount of the retainer fee varies from case to case and would require a solicitor to evaluate your specific situation to determine.

There are two retainer options. The first is auto pay. Auto pay requires a credit card on file, which is charged every Monday for any work done the previous week.

The second option allows the client to pay the invoices every two weeks as they are received. The retainer is in place for the solicitor to bill against and would need to stay replenished throughout the case.

What should I bring to my initial consultation?

The initial visit with your potential solicitor sets the tone for the divorce process. So the documents and mindset you bring into that meeting will dictate if you are going to have a successful divorce strategy. You will have the hour to address your specific questions and goals and the solicitor can help put a strategy in place to help you achieve those goals.

Knowing what documents you should bring and what your expectations should be will help alleviate the anxiety and stress of your initial consultation.
What documents should I bring?

  • Tax documents
  • Statements of retirement accounts
  • Evidence of marital misconduct (journals, e-mails, pictures, social media posts, etc.)
  • List of separate property
  • Copies of appraisals regarding any real property that you own, such as the marital home
  • Legal documents

Remember, the more prepared you are with all the proper documents, the more you will get out of your initial consultation.

Where can I read Cordell & Cordell reviews?

The continuing effort of Cordell & Cordell to put clients first has led the firm to represent more than 22,000 people while maintaining a 91 percent satisfaction rate based on client-completed surveys. Read Cordell & Cordell reviews on

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