From VoteFamily.US: Almost on a weekly basis two children are killed under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) (last count 534+ in the last six years in Florida alone as per the Miami Herald,
Don’t believe it? See testimony from Legal Aid attorney before Florida Supreme Court committee explaining how parents victims of domestic violence may lose custody of their children when they go before a judge for a restraining order seeking protection from their attackers and end up being separated from their children because “as a matter of law” they “have failed to protect their children from witnessing domestic violence:” YouTubeYouTube.
Take a look at three of these victims testifying at these hearings.
The second woman is Yarmila Castellanos, had her 3 day-old baby removed from her arms by DCF for no other reason than reporting domestic violence while her three other children were at home:
Unfortunately, these abuses cause great detrimental effects not only to the parents, but most importantly to the innocent children: YouTube.
Or, take for example, the widely known case of Nubia Barahona described here, Say NO To PAS. A judge, and DCF ignored clear and convincing evidence that the Barahona children were being abused and neglected based solely in what seemed to be an unprofessional and biased report of a psychologist, Vanessa Archer, who has shown similar behavior in other cases, 1, 2. Despite responsible family members requesting custody of minor children, the Barahona children were left with the foster care abusers for no other reasonable explanation than monetary reasons. A few months later, Nubia Barahona was murdered at the hands of the foster parents, see report, and diagram explaining what some have termed the Family Court Cartel.
We believe that if we “take the high road” and “do the right thing” by other family members, that the Justice system will recognize that when considering motions and making rulings. We believe we will be able to get a fair outcome as good parents, and that we will be allowed to provide for and protect our children.
If we are present in our kids’ lives, contributing and working to balance many challenges, we should be recognized for our value, and supported in our roles.
We believe that the professionals will factor in the evidence and truth of our lives, and use everything in their power – within what our laws allow – to help us help our children.
Large numbers of fathers have found that NOT to be the case.
DCF, Senators Eye Ways to Bolster Child Protection Program By News Service of Florida Daily Business Review October 12, 2015
The chief of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers his agency is making progress at carrying out reforms but still has a long way to go. Lawmakers Seek to Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians By News Service of Florida Daily Business Review October 12, 2015
A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors’ assets. Is This The Future for Law Firms? Ice Rolling Out Innovative Legal Representation Option By Samantha Joseph Daily Business Review October 12, 2015
Foreclosure defense attorney Thomas Ice is gearing up to launch a program to offer free legal services and allow clients to hire attorneys for piecemeal work, instead of entire cases.
Judicial Profile: Veronica Diaz Wanted to be a Judge Even as a Child By Carlos Harrison Daily Business Review October 9, 2015
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Veronica Diaz said she wanted to be an attorney “from the time that I could understand what an attorney was.” Bank of America Settles Rothstein Lawsuit Days Before Trial was to Begin By Julie Kay Daily Business Review October 9, 2015
Bank of America has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by investors in Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme days before trial was to begin. More Fallout From DUI Arrest, Broward Judge Rosenthal Stepping Down By Samantha Joseph Daily Business Review October 8, 2015
Pink Slip To Incompetent Judges
Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal is stepping down from the bench Oct. 31 in the fallout from her arrest for driving under the influence, leaving a courthouse vacancy unlikely to be filled before January. Legal or Not? Discounts on Medical Procedures By Lori C. Desnick Daily Business Review October 7, 2015
Health care providers walk a fine line when it comes to offering discounts to patients, writes attorney Lori C. Desnick. Florida Bar President: Reciprocity Is Dead for Now By Julie Kay Daily Business Review October 6, 2015
Florida Bar President Ramon Abadin acknowledged reciprocity is likely a dead issue this year. Bock: Budget Cuts Won’t Trim Domestic Violence Services By Jason Schultz Daily Business Review October 6, 2015
The Palm Beach County legal community renews commitments to fight domestic violence. Single-Parent Birth Certificates Challenged by Former Partners By Samantha Joseph Daily Business Review October 5, 2015
A landmark divorce case challenges Florida’s birth certificate statute, which lists only one parent for same-sex couples.
A million sports fans are descending on San Francisco to celebrate the Super Bowl and so are Family Rights and Father’s Rights activist, homeless advocates, Black Lives Matter protesters and dozens of other activist groups.
If the issue has ever made headlines, expect to see a protest about it in the Bay Area next week.
The protesters hope to use the national spotlight from the Super Bowl to draw attention to everything from immigration and urban farming to police brutality and the rights of African Americans.
“A lot of people are upset, and having millions of eyes on San Francisco is an opportunity to get national and international solidarity with the people and causes here.”
Earlier this month, Black Lives Matter protestors shut down the San Francisco Bay Bridge during rush hour by chaining themselves and their cars to the freeway to protest the city’s handling of the Mario Woods police shooting.
Now, in the lead up to the Super Bowl, some law enforcement officials are worried about copycat rallies that could disrupt traffic and hamper week-long festivities.
“It would behoove organizers who want to get the message out about the atrocities happening to black and brown people to utilize that weekend when there will be so many people here from around the world.”
Fathers Rally Outside Federal Appeals Court in Manhattan during precedent seeking case argued by Dr. Leon Koziol, Parental Advocate (Fathers’ Day week 2012)
Three time Super Bowl winner Tim McKyer of the San Francisco 49ers (pictured above speaking at a Washington, DC Parenting Rally) was a keynote speaker at our Parent Convention held at the Hotel Utica in April, 2011
Okay so you’re outraged by the injustices of divorce or family court, you may be a loving dad forced out of your children’s lives, a victim of corruption or false charges, maybe you’ve even “done time” in a “child support” debtors’ prison reserved these days for male parents only. The continuing erosion of the most basic rights historically protected by our men and fathers in uniform has reached shocking dimensions.
Well now is your chance to do something about it. Dr. Koziol has been in San Francisco advocating for parental equality and court reform. The group he has been promoting has set up a website for you to consult for purposes of joining a rally for court justice. Details about that rally can be found at www.YourParentalRights.com. If you can’t make it, call a friend near San Francisco to join the event outside the stadium in Santa Clara this Sunday.
Followers of Leon Koziol.com, Parenting Rights Institute and National League of Fathers, Inc. are aware of Leon’s sacrifices and commitment to justice in these courts.
Family advocates from numerous states attended to give testimony ultimately submitted in a report to the U.S. Justice Department.
Unfortunately divorce and family courts have become a trillion dollar industry. Without proper financing, the reform movement continues to get crushed by high powered lobbyists, government suppression and domestic bar associations. This site has repeatedly featured the 2013 testimony of Dr. Koziol before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University which exposed alarming judge misconduct.
Our Super Bowl series this past week has generated calls from around the country regarding court corruption in other states. Momentum is building. Now is your chance to make a difference with your own sign or simply joining the rally this Sunday. Unless you make noise, the violators will be ignored and the injustices to our families and children will continue. Do not expect others to make that noise for you. You can also give us your confidential tips which we may research and include in our report. However it must also be reiterated that we are not a public agency. We rely on your donations.
Concerned Dads to Join Parental Rights Rally at Super Bowl
By Dr. Leon R. Koziol
Do fathers matter anymore? Should we be paying “child support” so that our children can be taken from us, alienated from their true dads to feed a trillion dollar industry, and made to believe that fathers are inherently inferior in divorce or family court?
Why are fathers still 83% of support obligors according to the U.S. Census Bureau with mothers winning roughly 90% of custody conflicts? Why are male parents being condemned to debtor prisons based on a revenue generating law while mothers who commit perjury are excused time and again with no similar jail sentence?
In New York, a state appeals court in Rochester entertained a lawsuit to free chimpanzees from their caged conditions, yet human fathers are receiving no similar protection. Indeed the court ruled that the petitioners in Nonhuman Rights Project v Boniello should have filed a habeas corpus action (instead of mandamus) which by legal definition is limited to incarcerated persons and children in custody of the state.
Fathers such as Michael Brancaccio served a maximum (caged) term for a support debt. It also landed him on life support, medically traced to the stress caused by his inability to reconcile that confinement with violent felons serving less time. Walter Scott, an unarmed father, was shot dead in the back fleeing a support warrant last year in South Carolina. One of every eight inmates in that state’s prisons are debtor fathers.
When do good fathers finally stand up for themselves and declare “enough is enough?” When will they finally leave the bowling alleys and basketball stands to press the overdue message that we matter too? Gay marriage has achieved far greater success while veterans and law enforcement continue to register high suicide rates due to family court abuse, see i.e. Pearce v Longo, 766 F.Supp.2d 367 (murder-suicide by police investigator leaving support court) and Purple Heart’s Final Beat, Second Class Citizen.org (proud Iraq war veteran taking his own life rather than face felony support warrant and prisoner status).
Throughout pro football world, coaches and players display pink ribbons and attire to promote a cure for breast cancer, and of course we applaud them for it. But prostate cancer will claim many of these men before their own career rewards are achieved. Where are the blue ribbons? Fathers’ and men’s rights have been remanded to the cellar of public attention because of a liberal propaganda machine which put it there.
The sexist slur “dead beat dad” is still being used by Arizona Governor Doug Ducy in his 2016 State of the State address, a state which hosted the NCAA football finals. Such bigotry persists because our third branch of government promotes it in halls of justice where we would expect the opposite. Family courts have been turned into capitalist courts with judges abandoning their neutral roles to raise revenues and gain favor from court appointed “evaluators” who feed off of discrimination and lawyer instigated controversy.
It is a highly concealed government enterprise which has reached epidemic proportions. Father discrimination, oppression and marginalization should be the number one issue in the presidential race because of its impacts on all others. Yet we see it nowhere on the policy agenda of any candidate. How much longer will the male half of our parenting population remain idle to these growing injustices? How much longer will the victims hide behind the skirts of women commanding the national agenda?
Fortunately there are committed groups of parents in California which recognize this epidemic and are prepared to act. They have selected the greatest sports event to proclaim a basic message: We’ve had enough of court corruption! But the organizers have also emphasized that all parent-child relationships will be the generic diluted theme. While I support that as much as I do a cure for breast cancer, it is unlikely to captivate the media and masses at a Super Bowl. I will reiterate that “Fathers Matter.” They remain the principal victims, and justice will matter when equality is truly achieved in all contexts.
If women’s equality stops at the doorsteps of family court, then the entire movement was a hoax, a farce and hypocrisy of monumental proportion. My successful lawsuits over 25 years for women discriminated and harassed in the workplace were in vain, this coming from a civil rights advocate who represented the former president of the National Organization of Women (NOW). We need to send a recognizable message at the Super Bowl where exemplary fathers such as Peyton Manning are the revenue generators.
Organizers of this rally are focused on achieving justice for all parents. However fathers remain the prevailing injustice which harms their own mothers, daughters, sisters, women partners and family members. We need your help and participation. I have been communicating with rally organizers Ralph Walker and Shiv Paletti. They have a site, http://www.YourParentalRights.com for those interested in joining this rally or you can just locate them outside the stadium at Santa Clara (near San Francisco where I have been assisting the effort). Contact me at email@example.com or personally at (315) 796-4000. You can call Mr. Paletti for event details at (408) 449-0442 or 892-8381.
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Major changes could be coming to Florida’s alimony law.
If it passes this session, House Bill 943 will put an end to permanent alimony and allow payers to retire without having to pay alimony to their former spouse.
Alan Frisher, co-founder of The Family Law Reform advocacy group, said the change is long overdue.
“I think our laws are really archaic,” he said. “We haven’t changed our laws for the last 50 years in essence and now it’s time to really make the change.”
Frisher said there are five key points to the proposed law. In addition to the removal of permanent alimony and the ability to modify or eliminate alimony at retirement, the bill also defines a formula judges must use when determining settlements.
“We want to be able to give judges discretion, but we don’t want to give them so much discretion that there’s no consistency from one sector to another, because right now there’s no predictability or consistency,” Frisher said.
The bill will also address second wives and husbands. Currently if someone paying alimony remarries, the courts can view the new spouse’s income as ‘family income’ that is eligible for an upward modification in payment.
Under the current law, modification is also possible if a payer earns a greater yearly salary. Payers cannot be brought back to court under the new bill.
A similar bill was vetoed in 2013 by Gov. Rick Scott. That bill had language that would have allowed it to apply retroactively. Scott said it would have unanticipated results. HB 943 has eliminated that language.
If it passes, the law would go into effect in October.
If it passes this session, House Bill 943 will put an end to permanent alimony and allow payers to retire without having to pay alimony to their former spouse.
The Boston-based National Parents Organization believes the state’s child custody law is outdated and does not fit the modern family. The overhaul bill would allow children to spend more time with the non-custodial parent, typically the father.
President of the National Parents Organization Ned Holstein told 22News, “It decreases hostility and bitterness between parents. It treats them more fairly. It encourages judges to favor a parent who is cooperating with the other parent.”
Opponents believe the bill is centered too much on the parents and does not put enough emphasis on the children. Women’s Bar Association Kim Doughterty said, “Parents who deserve custody will get custody if it’s in the best interest of the child.”
The bill would encourage family court judges to award at least one-third of the parenting time to each parent after the divorce. It would also give judges more power to punish parents who do not comply with time orders. One state lawmaker told 22News the state should slowly implement changes to the child custody law.
“You move things gradually. You don’t want to necessarily throw the family court into a tizzy,” said State Rep. Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk).
The bill must win approval from the legislature’s Judiciary Committee before it can reach the House floor for a vote. Much of the bill is inspired by a state working group established by former Governor Deval Patrick.
Why are shared care arrangements good for children? Why must the courts address parental alienation? Why is leave to remove invariably not in a child’s best interests? Why are overnights not harmful for very young children? Why is the traditional model of alternate weekend contact arrangements insufficient as a post separation child arrangements model?
The answers are in a wide body of research which should (but does not) form the basis of policy on post-separation child arrangements. If it did, shared parenting arrangements would be the norm.
As part of its regular briefing series, this morning the Child Mind Institute welcomed to its New York City headquarters
Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), who provided an update on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, H.R. 2646. The Act, introduced by Reps. Murphy and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), focuses on mental health reform that would help both those with mental illness and families who are struggling to get necessary care for their loved ones. According to Rep. Murphy, the legislation has advanced out of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, and its chances of coming up for a vote in the full House in 2016 are strong.
Rep. Murphy first discussed his view of the deficiencies in the federal government’s approach to mental health issues. Among other challenges, he noted the shortage of psychiatric beds, the outsized role of prisons in providing mental health care, the challenges privacy rules present to physicians and family members, and the shortage of child psychiatrists. Rep. Murphy then highlighted a number of provisions of the Act intended to address these and other problems, including:
• A new Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, with professional mental health training, to elevate the importance of mental health, coordinate programs across different agencies, and promote evidence-based programs
• A new National Mental Health Policy Laboratory to drive innovative models of care and develop evidence-based and peer-review standards for grant programs
• A requirement that the Assistant Secretary recommend a national strategy for increasing the number of psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, and mental health peer-support specialists
• A new early childhood grant program to provide intensive services for children with serious emotional disturbances in an educational setting
• Advancements in remote tele-psychiatry to link pediatricians and primary care doctors with psychiatrists and psychologists in areas where patients don’t have access to needed care
• Dedicated funding for the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative
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...the Fourteenth Amendment “forbids the government to infringe ... ‘fundamental’ liberty interests at all, no matter what process is provided, unless the infringement is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling state interest. Washington v. Glucksberg, 117 S.Ct. 2258, 2268, 521 U.S. 702, 721 (U.S.Wash.,1997). Please note that I am not a licensed attorney. Nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice. Please seek the aid of attorney.