Cooperstown, New York

May 22, 2014

It is indeed an historic day when the first sitting president of the United States makes a visit to Cooperstown deep in the heart of upstate New York. This is the land of heroic colonial battles, frontier tales by James Fenimore Cooper and, of course, the Baseball Hall of Fame. We must also boast the color orange not only for our spectacular autumn foliage but our Syracuse University sports teams.

However, there is another side to baseball and sports in general which merits the attention of our president as he acknowledges the hall of famers who made it all possible. It’s the time honored tradition of fathers playing ball with their sons and daughters all across America, a tradition which is being denied to so many youth because of parent-child injustices in our domestic relations courts.

For this reason, I have reprinted a column presented to the New York Times not long ago. The content is very timely in light of recurring issues of our day such as veteran affairs, health care and terrorism which had such a devastating impact in our state. We hope that this message will reach the president and that he, in turn, will reach out to policy makers in Washington to repeal or scale back the harmful impacts of Title IV-D of the Social Security Act upon fathers and families.

Equal Treatment of Fathers is the Final Frontier in America’s Civil Rights Movement

By Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Three years ago, a man sat down, doused himself with gasoline and lit up a public square to bring world attention to an oppressive government. It did not occur in Tiananmen Square, Moscow or any foreign venue. It happened right here in one of our original 13 states involving a maternal descendant of America’s first president.

Thomas Ball martyred himself in this painful fashion to protest the mistreatment of fathers in domestic relations courts. It was patterned after the identical suicide of Mohammed Bouazizi of Tunisia who gained sufficient attention to cause a wave of protests across the Arab world. Yet few beyond the town of Keene, New Hampshire took note of the American version.

Bureaucrats dismissed the event as an isolated one. However, evidence of a growing epidemic was everywhere. In one community in New York, a police investigator took his life and that of his ex spouse after exiting “child support” court, leaving three children without parents. A mother took a knife to the throat of her divorcing husband and was sent to prison for 13 years. Contemporaneously, a father shot his boy in front of state police in a domestic stand-off, a sheriff deputy was killed in a similar exchange, and a purple heart soldier attempted suicide after years of court abuse. Closer to the city, a mother drove her children into the Hudson River.

Is this any way to raise America’s children?

While our federal government intervenes in foreign countries for the sake of human rights, a crisis on the domestic front is going unnoticed. Families are being sacrificed to needless custody and support wars through arbitrary money incentives as the state takes increased control of our children. It is a trend having monumental impact upon our viability as a productive, healthy and free country.

In 1925, the high court of New York adopted ancient practices of British monarchs to assert state control over all children impacted by divorcing parents. In its day, this seizure of power caught little attention because divorce was an anomaly and fewer lawyers were preoccupied with more legitimate matters of the profession. Today, separate parenting units are the mainstream and the state of California alone is impacted by nearly 300,000 lawyers.

As a result, parental authority is becoming seriously undermined while children are exploited for ulterior purposes. By simply declaring any government act involving a child to be in his or her “best interests”, the state can remove one or both parents from their gender based functions. It is a gold mine for attorneys perverting a natural order of childrearing.

This perversion is cultivated by a “separate but unequal” doctrine of laws which forces parents to name a gender merged “custodial parent” in all separation cases. Competition for a child’s favor then leads to immature behavior and breakdowns in development. Agreement, mediation and shared parenting are opposed as litigation substitutes because they would reduce conflict, thereby eroding a multi-billion dollar state industry.

With federal intervention, this industry grew exponentially as did the dysfunction of our families. Child support laws removed the needs-based formula and replaced it with a highly abused way-of-life standard even in cases where neither parent was on public assistance. Incentive grants were tied to the number and magnitude of support orders mass produced in state courts, thereby transforming them into profit centers in violation of their neutral constitutional character.

A giant bureaucracy was eventually fashioned with the states acting as collection agents for a central government complicit in the creation of lucrative domestic controversy. Through antiquated custody laws, a standard 85% to 15% split in parenting time enabled the system to maintain money transfers for the benefit of third parties. This in turn reduced the combined family estate needed to raise children and maintain a rational paternal existence.

In terms of childrearing, this fixation upon money is producing a fatherless America with devastating impacts. Data from the National Fatherhood Initiative shows that children fare better in life when both parents are involved. Under the current system, a father is influenced to abandon his role and any responsibilities which apply because he cannot overcome blatant mistreatment caused by his physical condition, male stereotypes and fraudulent report tactics.

This system operates under the awful presumption that a dominant household is needed to raise children. More accurately it is a pretext for promoting endless court battles. The state’s hypocrisy is evidenced by its busing of the same children to institutional settings in the care of strangers without having to prove “relative fitness” of any kind. In this manner, a father is systematically demoted from his natural status and forced to pay for the process which took away his children.

Meaningful reform will not occur as long as the victims allow these injustices to continue. As one veteran Family Court judge declared more than ten years ago, custody and visitation should be replaced with parenting plans in the majority of cases. The “oppositional framework” has long “outlived its usefulness” and should not be applied to presumptively fit parents. Such wisdom must be embraced by those in public office who exploit Fathers’ Day to encourage men to be good fathers.

Very truly yours,

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Parenting Rights Institute
National League of Fathers, Inc.
(315) 796-4000


  1. My letter to Governor Ric Scott, FL

    Governor Rick Scott 400 S Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399

    May 21, 2014

    Re; Gold Coast Distributing Luncheon May 21, 2014

    Dear Gov. Rick Scott, It was a pleasure meeting you and your staff today at the luncheon at Gold Coast distributor in Sarasota this afternoon. As I’d mentioned to your staff my concerns as a citizen of this state are: Judicial Reforms It was inspiring to hear your your story of your childhood and how your mom struggled with the raising of the family along with your dad struggling as a truck driver and being laid off at Thanksgiving. You may have not had much but you had your family. It was also interesting to note that the judiciary wants to be just one arm and not separate as is intended along with the executive and legislative branches of government. I can assure you that the destruction of good families by the Judiciary are rampant within this state, in every Family Court within this great state. Your veto of the alimony bill last year was devastating to many single parents like myself that within that bill would have made it retroactive for a 50-50 shared parenting plan, with your veto extinguished many hopes of single parents in the state to attempt to get more than the rubber-stamp policy of four days a month with our children. I have sat in many Family court proceedings across this state as a Judicial Watcher and can personally attest to these facts. The typical Family Court custody case can be dragged on for years, cost tens of thousands of dollars only to the benefit of high conflict attorneys, cause parental alienation and other destructive consequences including great emotional stress and in some cases even death. I am REQUESTING A JUDICIAL TASK FORCEfrom your office to investigate the atrocities and destruction of good families within the Family Court arena. A prime example would be my own personal case within the 12thCircuit Court 2002DR3254 http://www.manateeclerk.org/PublicRecords/CourtRecordsSearch/tabid/57/ctl/detail/mid/484/Default.aspx?enc=NzE2MDUz-CFCFZLQT9m4%3d that has been going on for over 10 years which includes over 800 docket entries, 4500 pages, hundreds of exhibits and testimony of of family, clergy, friends and expert witnesses over the years My reward for my efforts from a father that just wants more than four days a month with my only child has been no contact order for over five years, my daughter, my only child will turn 13 in July. My case unfortunately is not the exception it is pretty much the rule within the family courts of this state. This is a multi-billion dollar business that only benefits the lawyers and their law firms they represent. Bias Judges and Magistrates who play God with our children lives. Lastly the family section of the Florida bar is no friend of the family. The Family Courts need an overall or better yet completely dismantled altogether. 1. http://www.divorcecorp.com/the-film/ 2. http://wethefamilies.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/glen-gibellina-for-parental-rights-washington-dc-2013/

    Thank You for your time and consideration in all of these matters.

    In the Word

    ____________________________ Glen Gibellina If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much. Marian Wright Edelman   Glen Gibellina

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