The Torturing of Child Support and its escalation of Parental Alienation during the holidays

By Dr. Leon Koziol, Director

Parenting Rights Institute

Author’s Note: The following column is based on two decades as a trial lawyer, twenty years as a parent and twelve years as a court reform advocate

When one thinks of child support, it’s generally a duty that parents have to pay a fair share of child rearing expenses. And despite tremendous strides in achieving equal rights over the years, child support continues to be predominantly a male obligation. Census Bureau reports still show that fathers are as much as 85% of all parents subject to a child support order.

Regardless of the gender disparities, the support of children should rank high among society’s priorities. But unfortunately, that priority has been abused well beyond its logical scope to line the pockets of lawyers, service providers and the support bureaucracy to result in bankruptcies, the raiding of college funds and a recent phenomenon known as parental alienation.

The realities demonstrate that our antiquated child custody framework is no longer committed to the so-called “best interests of the child” but a means for growing a trillion-dollar industry. And women are no longer immune from the consequences as we find countless moms today feeling the abuse which dads have long endured. Severe parental alienation has yielded a loss of contact with the children they are supporting over the holidays.

During the 1980s, Dr. Richard Gardner popularized that condition as a psychological disorder but his conclusions were rejected by his profession and never included among the 300 disorders recognized in the DSM-5 manual for insurance purposes. In my own reports since then, I have similarly rejected such a condition and preferred to treat it more accurately as a human rights violation.

A federal funding law is the “elephant in the courtroom” in that regard. As originally drafted, Title IV-D of the Social Security Act targeted absentee fathers through incentive funding to the states (and by extension their domestic relations judges). Such revenues were based on the number and size of support collections that could be documented. This, in turn, created a systemic bias among support judges.

But over time, a little-known adjustment to this funding law from absentee to “noncustodial parent” aggravated that bias through a revenue stream that grew many times over. The mere condition of career mom or gender status was now sufficient to place an adequate provider into a classification that destroyed the overriding assumption of parenthood and an existing willingness to support offspring without a state mandate.

From there, without any investigative reporting or public accountability, it was off to the races on the tactics employed to elevate obligations beyond a parent’s income and self-support capacities. It resulted in debtor prisons, child abandonment and unprecedented violence contrary to stated objectives. A new form of evil was born from the fires of hell.

The examples of carnage erupting from this corruption are countless: a mother who killed her two-year old daughter rather than give her up to a custody change (2018 Gabriella Boyd), a father who killed his girl only to burn himself along with her in his home (2016 Kyra Franchetti), a mother who obtained a gun overnight following a child support dispute to kill the father and children (2019 Damyrra Jones).

They include veterans and law enforcement: a father who left his eight-year old boy in a freezing garage resulting in homicide charges (ex-NYPD officer Michael Valva – 2020), a war veteran, Thomas Ball, who burned himself alive in front of a New Hampshire courthouse to protest child protection abuses, and a police investigator who killed his ex-spouse with a common kitchen knife after exiting support court to leave four children without parents, see Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp. 2d 367 (NDNY 2011).

This is only a sampling of real life horrors that attorneys, media and oversight entities are purposely ignoring due the immense influence of special interest groups. In our peaceful protests over the years, most recently the 2019 Parent March on Washington, we have demanded a federal investigation and congressional oversight hearings to address the human rights violations and rampant abuse of federal funds in this silent epidemic.

In Chapter 12 of my newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris, I outline some highly suppressed techniques concocted over the years in support proceedings to maximize profits and court revenues. You should obtain this valuable read at any Barnes and Noble store, Amazon, publisher Author House or major bookseller on-line. You can also join our live talk program, Leon’s Library, daily, Monday thru Friday at 7:30 pm EST on YouTube.

Here is my relevant book excerpt:

Chapter 12- No Place Like Home at pg. 193-195

To advance funding goals, state legislatures have enacted laws that require courts to name a “custodial parent” as a condition for a valid divorce or support agreement. Typically, an opt-out clause allows parents to by-pass the mandatory support formula, but to do so requires them to engage in a comparative analysis which often dilutes the reality of this option.

There is also collaborative law, but such processes are similarly diluted by additional attorneys who cannot be used later if agreement fails. More lawyers are added to a two-tiered process to support the adage that any community which cannot support one lawyer can always support two.

Here is a partial listing of fictions, in addition to those provided earlier, that were orchestrated over the years to maximize funding at the expense of judicial impartiality and due process:

  1. Service of a support violation petition can be achieved by simple mailing. These petitions typically contain boldface, capital letter warnings of arrest and incarceration. If this type of service is challenged on due process grounds, it can incur the cost of personal service unlike criminal counterparts which these proceedings resemble.
  • Expedited case management rules can provide a mere thirty days for defense preparation between a first appearance and trial. All too often, a jail term for contempt of a support order is the standard outcome conditioned on a purge or payment amount. Satisfaction is routinely coerced from relatives, employers or friends.
  • The case for a violation and jail term is easily made by a single non-party witness, typically a social services employee offering a delinquent support summary into the record. Intent is presumed from its mere production without any other proof.
  • The burden of proof is wrongfully shifted to the defending party to prove innocence. The standard for conviction is the lowest of all forms of litigation despite the stigma and incarceration which are at stake. There is no jury or indigent right to counsel.
  • Support judges have invented an evidentiary substitute known as imputed income which assures the highest support obligation possible, often well beyond the realistic income capacities of the targeted debtor. Defending parties are treated at higher levels of income based on past employment reports even when wrongfully terminated.
  • Support obligations continue to accrue at regular intervals during incarceration for violations or any other reason. They also accrue when a father is later found not to be a biological parent and despite frauds used to deny him child access. They also accrue until a petition for recourse is actually filed despite its futility in a biased process.
  • The state has expanded its tyrannical power beyond the original objective of recouping welfare costs for abandoned mothers on public assistance. It now acts as representative for self-sufficient support seekers to create a serious imbalance in the scales of justice. Attorney fees and other costs are made a part of the final judgment.

In my case, all but the actual incarceration was used against me. But the many processes employed were also fraught with serious error, gender prejudice and whistleblower retaliation. At what point, then, is a victim pushed to such an extreme that our Constitution confers upon him a legal right to fight back or take the so-called law into his own hands?

You be the jury.

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Leon’s Library: Our Next Guest Lost His Two-Year Old Girl to a Murdering Mom Now Doing a Life Prison Term

On our next daily talk show, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST, we will feature Steven Boyd, founder of the Gabriella Boyd Foundation. He is on the Board of Directors of the Citizen Commission Against Corruption which sponsors this show. Steve lost his two-year old daughter, Gabriella, to a murder by the custodial mom who refused to comply with a custody change order. That heinous crime was front-page news in downstate New York since 2018, and the mother is now serving a life sentence after being additionally charged with attempted murder of the police officers arriving on the scene.

Steve headed up the candlelight vigil component of our 2019 Parent March on Washington dedicated to the children, parents and veterans lost to a corrupted family court system. That march was our feature on Friday and Monday, and as fate would have it, both live shows were intercepted on YouTube through video and audio cancellation respectively. This mirrors the censorship of the host of this program, Dr. Leon Koziol, when his website was subjected to a family court gag order removed in 2016 after it was challenged in New York Supreme Court. A protest was set to occur in front of the courthouse only days prior to removal.

Similarly, his Facebook reactions numbering as many as 2,000 on a single post were inexplicably reduced to only a few since that year. Seven postings from his website were attached to a 2014 report opposing reinstatement even though nothing was prosecuted on any of them. More recently, the host’s video component of testimony before Governor Kathy Hochul’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations was blacked-out from the record. We learned of this from an informant after the virtual hearing concluded on September 23, 2021. Coincidence? Maybe some, but not all of this. In short there is a growing mound of circumstantial proof showing censorship and electronic interference much like conservative groups were selectively frustrated in their applications for tax exempt status during the Obama administration.

We are not conspiracy theorists but unless one is utterly prehistoric, he or she would have to know that anything viral, anything operating off of satellites, and anything with a tracking device, is capable of wreaking havoc especially upon a longstanding public message that warns potential litigants to avoid retaining any lawyers. Family courts have become gold mines for service providers, and the conflict they incite for profit leads to crimes of unprecedented levels. Despite the glitches on the last two of our six live programs we will do it again with the request that our followers exercise empathy and patience. This interference adds to our demands for an investigation by the Justice Department into the human rights violations and federal funding abuses that are escalating in these courts. Monday’s program was necessarily concluded early due to the audio voids but when reproduced from scratch only minutes later, using all the same equipment and settings, the test program engaged live without incident.

You maybe asking yourself what the motive here might be, and the answer is simple. This show threatens lawyer greed and overbilling practices. It is hosted by a litigator who practiced unblemished for more than 23 years in these courts. his credibility and determination could lead to a very compelling show down the road which needs to be squashed at its outset. The host’s newly published book was recently suppressed from a quarter page book advertisement in a major local newspaper. That book, Whistleblower in Paris, exposes the silent epidemic in these courts. The bottom line is this: does government still fear the people or do we now fear it? if the latter, we have accepted tyranny without our knowledge or even a fight of any kind, and that is anathema to all of our principles under the Constitution. Stick with us, we’re not going anywhere despite all the persecution because somebody has to do this for the sake of an America we all love. The call-in number on Tuesday at 7:30 pm EST is the same: (315) 796-4000.

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After a critique of our three-day Parent March on Washington successfully concluded in 2019, I will open the show to callers on any topic. We have more expert contributors set for next week. The call-in number is (315) 796-4000. Please note that the views of callers and guests are not necessarily those of the host, Leon Koziol, or sponsor, Citizen Commission Against Corruption.

On this Veteran’s Day, the Parenting Rights Institute salutes all those who promoted the cause of liberty. Meanwhile we continue to promote their rights on the domestic front.

By Dr. Leon Koziol, Director

Parenting Rights Institute

We first publicized the above video in 2011. In the same year we highlighted veteran Thomas Ball who burned himself alive on the steps of a New Hampshire family court to protest the injustices that deprived him of a father-daughter relationship. Today the carnage among veterans in our nation’s divorce and family courts remains unchanged. If anything it has only gotten worse despite all these years fighting the many battles on our home front to reform a dysfunctional system. Shared parenting legislation continues to be opposed by powerful special interests because the so-called “best interest of the child” has become a lucrative trillion dollar industry.

On the home front, we filed precedent-seeking lawsuits, i.e. Parent v State, 786 F. Supp. 2d 516 (NDNY 2011) which we prosecuted all the way to the Supreme Court. We conducted rallies before a federal appeals court in Manhattan and other courts in 2012, testified before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption in 2013, sought international recognition in Paris in 2014, submitted reports to the Justice Department in 2015, successfully challenged a gag order on this website in New York Supreme Court in 2016, participated in a family law conference at the United Nations and a whistleblower summit in Washington in 2017, lobbied for reform in congress in 2018, sponsored the three-day Parent March on Washington in 2019, networked with fellow victims in 2020, and testified before Governor Kathy Hochul’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Custody Forensic Evaluations in 2021.

In the same year we published a book entitled, Whistleblower in Paris, which provided a documentary of family court corruption, and we introduced a daily talk show, Leon’s Library, this past week on YouTube. This is only a short list of our travels, sacrifices and reform activities detailed throughout this website. It was and remains a true John Grisham ordeal which the media and public servants are ignoring and even suppressing. As a result, despite the parades and fanfare today, the “Elephant in the Courtroom” continues to be side-stepped in the speeches. Veterans continue to fall victim to this archaic and abusive family court system. During our crusade for justice, we have literally saved veteran lives.

Most people do not realize that the parenting right has been repeatedly recognized by the Supreme Court as the “oldest liberty interest protected by the Constitution,” Troxel v Granville, 530 US 57 (2000). To help our cause in a meaningful way, or simply to learn more about the corruption that is eradicating this right, join our live talk show, Leon’s Library, every evening at 7:30 pm EST. Tonight we will feature a Florida attorney as a guest contributor. The call-in number is (315) 796-4000. Spread the word, become a subscriber, and many thanks for your support.

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Shocking comment of former Legislator verifies the severe retaliation upon judicial whistleblower Leon Koziol

Dr. Leon Koziol, J.D,

Director, Parenting Rights Institute

So maybe you always wondered why conscientious lawyers are so few, why no one from any bar association has seen fit to reform a divorce and family court system that incites needless conflict for profit, one that is bankrupting entire families, fueling unprecedented violence, and crushing our most basic rights of parenting. The above, unsolicited, statement from a former legislator in New York provides the answer.

This statement was passed on to me by a Philadelphia attorney who maintains a You-Tube channel committed to court reform and victim education. As we have reported extensively on this website over the past ten years, the persecution inflicted upon me for exposing human rights violations is off the charts. It remains beyond anything that even I could have imagined after 23 years of successful and unblemished practice as a civil rights trial attorney.

As you can see, our explanations were not grounded in mere suspicion, an unsupported belief, or a John Grisham type story. It’s a true ordeal featuring a dedicated father who would not surrender to the gender bias, parental alienation and child support servitude designed to maximize federal funding to the judges who preside over such cases. Prior to this crusade for reform and justice, I won numerous David-Goliath court battles against powerful people, law firms and government entities.

For example, it took a number of years but my steadfast commitment to innocent landowners victimized by the Oneida Indian land claim (originally demanding over six million acres in upstate New York) resulted in a final judgment invalidating the billion dollar Turning Stone casino compact, see Oneida Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000); Peterman v Governor Pataki, 2004 Slip Op 51092(U). Although the casino was never shut down, my success was instrumental in a resolution that ended the land claim with only 15,000 or so acres reserved for the Indian Nation. One of my opposing law firms was Cravath, Swaine and Moore in Manhattan.

Reform continues to languish and corruption continues to grow without accountability. That is why I will be spearheading another convergence on Washington next spring to mirror the three-day Parent March on Washington which I sponsored in 2019 (video summary below). Organization leaders who participated from around the country gave out presentations declaring that our event was only the beginning, that if we could finally unify, our voices could be heard. Imagine an event this time with thousands of participants. That is the only real way to succeed against this Goliath.

As it is now, the predictions I made back then are coming true today in light of the recent agenda by our Justice Department to label parents “domestic terrorists” simply because they want greater input into our children’s educations. I will be starting a You-Tube series and podcast to promote next year’s event under a nonprofit organization I incorporated this past summer. It was recently granted tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the IRC. It is known as the Citizen Commission Against Corruption: http://www.citizencommissionagainstcorruption.org.

It is important for you to do your part by making this post viral. Also, stay in touch with us here at http://www.leonkoziol.com for further updates. The silent epidemic we are targeting is explained in my newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris, and you can gain a free insight on the book’s own website at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. You can also order a copy at any Barnes and Noble store, Amazon or major bookseller on-line.

Leon Koziol Book, Whistleblower in Paris, Featured in Upstate New York Newspaper