Dad stops international abduction of daughters
By Andrew P. Natale
CHICAGO — A dedicated father was reunited with his two little girls, preventing the mother from abducting the children to a reputed notoriously high drug-crime area outside of the United States.
Attorney Jeffery M. Leving, who led the legal effort on Dad’s behalf, will talk about the case on his weekly radio show, the Dads Rights Legal Hour, 9–10 a.m. CST Saturday, Feb. 20 on Power 92.3 FM in Chicago.
The father took action by contacting Leving when the mother removed the children from Illinois to Texas, which is a direct route to her parents and numerous relatives outside the country. “We were worried, and we needed to take legal action fast before she could cross the border, where the children could very likely disappear forever,” Leving says.
Time is critical in suspected parental abductions because many American children have been abducted to other countries and never returned to the U.S. It is vital that children are recovered while still in the U.S. There are international procedures in place to reunite abducted children with their parents, but these procedures are more complicated and time-intensive than preventing the abduction in the first place.
The Leving legal team immediately went to court and obtained an emergency order of protection from a judge in Illinois, and then coordinated litigation in Texas where Texas counsel used the Illinois order of protection in the Texas proceedings. This was complex and required experience and precise planning and action. “The result is, we won,” Leving says. “Dad and his two daughters were reunited and returned to Chicago. Failure was not an option here.”
This victory, modified for broadcast, has a happy ending — but it was only because of the tenacity and strategic planning of Leving and dad’s never-ending hope that a possible tragedy was avoided.
Leving also will speak about Black History Month, calling listeners’ attention to a website that he put together with his colleague, Jennifer Whiteside: OurBlackHeritage.com contains interesting photos, articles and artifacts about African-American history in Chicago.
“One of the articles is about the time I lectured at Howard University, a historically Black university in Washington, D.C., where our vice president, Kamala Harris, attended,” Leving says. “My message was that a father’s involvement is critical to his child achieving the best in school and the most out of life.” Leving also was honored to lecture at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Jeffery M. Leving is founder and president of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd., and is an advocate for the rights of fathers. He is the author of Fathers’ Rights, Divorce Wars and How to be a Good Divorced Dad. To learn more about Jeffery M. Leving and his latest court victories, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and view his videos on You Tube.