Parent Alienation in Family Court: A Neglected Public Issue
In today’s news we find at least three parents who lost their children to untimely deaths: a 13 year old boy discovered under a snow pile on his parent’s homestead, a Syracuse University track star found dead in her Times Square hotel room and a woman pulled from her car in a lake. The headlines are predictable. Stricken parents lament their losses as the worst of nightmares.
Yet similar losses are occurring every day in our nation’s family courts. Through an insidious process known as child alienation, parents are being deprived of their children in order to feed a trillion dollar divorce industry. Time and again our media ignores this vital news story. We are even forced to learn that the New York Times was preoccupied on the same day as these tragic losses with a photo cropping scheme to defraud the public into believing that George Bush was absent from a civil rights rally in Selma, Alabama.
Does First Amendment tampering get any worse than this? As a civil rights advocate who successfully prosecuted numerous cases, this “Scheme at Selma” is no small event for a self governing society. It comes in the wake of an NBC news anchor who falsely reported an attack upon his helicopter, raising serious interferences with national security. And it begs the question: where do we go today for our First Amendment rights? What good is our speech if the press has seriously breached the trust reposed to it under the same amendment? Where do we get all the news that’s fit to print when the press has joined in the corruption of our government?
It was depressing enough to learn of the arrest of New York’s top Assembly Leader on bribery charges that implicate lawyers, judges and possibly the Governor himself. We know now why he prematurely disbanded his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. As one of the few invited speakers, I raised the subject of family court corruption but it was suppressed along with the Commission. Then, of course, there is the liberal cover-up of Hillary Clinton’s private government. That’s a lot of corruption for the American public to digest in so short a time.
However in our nation’s family courts, the corruption may be far more damaging to the average citizen. We take for granted that parents will fight over custody and support of our children and assume that these courts are the proper forums for resolution. But the custody framework is antiquated and highly dysfunctional. It actually breeds needless conflict and bad parents. At least one Supreme Court Justice described these same courts as kangaroo operations and the misconduct is growing here on an alarming scale. In my own work as a parental advocate, I have reiterated the proof time and again through personal experience.
For example, Syracuse family judge Bryan Hedges was removed from my custody case for “political espionage” and from the bench altogether for sexual misconduct upon his five year old handicapped niece. A judge in Lowville, New York was discovered fabricating college degrees in a scheme to impute support income in retaliation for my public criticisms, a Michigan judge was removed for presiding over a child support case involving a mother he impregnated in chambers, and two Pennsylvania judges are doing time in prison for a “Kids for Cash” scandal which necessitated the reversal of 4,000 juvenile convictions. My list goes on, and it reads like a docket sheet in any criminal court.
So where’s the outrage? Where are the people? Where is the modern day Selma protests over the corruption of our children? On March 1, 2015, I released a 25-page report titled “We Are Fathers” in an effort to incite long overdue protests and reform. It is the product of two decades as a trial attorney observing the misconduct first hand and tolerating all I could until my own children were harmed. I can identify with the likes of Curt Schilling when he hunts down the cyber bullies who trashed his daughter, but the average victims of family court corruption have no one to look out for them. They comprise the walking dead in our society today.
On March 18, 2015, I will be starting a speaking tour in Nashville with the goal of sparking a national reform campaign. My report provides startling insights into an insidious trend which is harming our families, health care, moral fiber and productivity as a nation. A six point action plan is set out which invites you to participate by supporting a rally in our nation’s capital this June and by donating the necessary funds to facilitate the campaign. We are currently engaged in soliciting public figures and benefactors to oppose a powerful opposition of bar associations and political insiders. We cannot ignore this project. Kindly give us your assistance today because time is of the essence as our First Amendment continues to break down in this country. It is time for us to take this particular law into our own hands.
Dr. Leon R. Koziol, Director
National League of Fathers, Inc. & Parenting Rights Institute