Justice for dad who had gotten raw deal on visitation
By Jane C. Gedge
CHICAGO — A dad had terrible court-ordered visitation, under which he had to be supervised by a police officer when visiting his own son, as if he were a dangerous criminal.
The dad retained the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd. to straighten out this arrangement, which dated to when the dad was represented by a different law firm. The Leving firm fought for him and won. Now, he is no longer at risk of going to jail when he visits his son.
Attorney Jeffery M. Leving, founder and president of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd., will talk about achieving justice for this father on his weekly radio show, the Dads Rights Legal Hour, 9–10 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 30 on Power 92.3 FM in Chicago.
This is a father who cares immensely about his son. Leving put together an aggressive litigation team, and led them to court multiple times to achieve victory.
“We formulated a strategy to show the court that our client is a good, loving father who should be allowed to see his son without the shame of police supervision,” Leving says. “It was a tough battle, but when the judge finally ruled, it was in favor of our client. We won. Dad was awarded parenting time with his son without police supervision, and also shared decision-making rights for his son’s health, education, religion, and involvement in extracurricular activities.”
This hard-fought victory, modified for broadcast, left tears in this father’s eyes from the joy he was experiencing, knowing that he would be able to finally forge a positive and loving relationship with his son.
“Had we not instituted this aggressive plan, and executed it with precision, this dad would have been on a downward cycle, losing his relationship with his son. Fathers are parents too, and this victory proves it,” Leving says.
Leving also will address an issue raised by a woman who called in to the radio show recently with a problem. Her boyfriend has a child from a previous relationship, and he has a court order for parenting time — but the mother doesn’t comply. The woman who called sees how sad and frustrated this makes her boyfriend, and wants to know what we can do.
“I constantly urge dads to get court-ordered parenting time, and this dad did the right thing,” Leving says. “If the mother contemptuously stands in the way, we must notify the court, which can take steps up to and including locking up the mother. I hope it won’t come to that, but if she persists in defying the court order, that’s where she’s heading.”
The woman who called sees how being denied his rightful place in his child’s life affects her boyfriend, and she’s concerned. “So am I,” Leving says. “When a father has a parenting time or custody order, and the other parent is interfering, we must make the court aware and fight for that Father’s Rights.”
Also, in anticipation of Black History Month starting on Feb. 1, Leving will call listeners’ attention to his website OurBlackHeritage.com, which contains interesting and informative photos, artifacts and articles. He put the website together with help from his colleague, Jennifer Whiteside.
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.