Frequently Asked Questions

Get started on the road to divorce by finding answers to your most pressing questions about Cordell & Cordell and the divorce process.

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.

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 facing men during 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.

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.

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.

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 250 divorce solicitors focused on men’s family law, we have become one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world.

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, or via our contact form.

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

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 filed and working on getting temporary orders issued.

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.

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.

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 to autopay. Autopay 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.

Knowing what documents to bring and what your expectations should be will help alleviate the anxiety and stress of your initial consultation.

What proof of identity documents should I bring?
  • Two forms of identification (driver’s license and passport)
  • One proof of your current residence
    Note: A valid driver’s license showing your current address can serve as one form of identification as well as proof of residence.
What other documents should I bring?
  • Tax documents
  • Statements of retirement accounts
  • Evidence of marital misconduct (journals, emails, 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.

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 PleasedClient.com.