At a civil rights forum held on April 10, 2014, President Barack Obama recounted the trials and tribulations of Lyndon B. Johnson as he crusaded for an end to racial segregation and economic oppression. It was a part of his speech before an audience commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He emphasized that we must “dismantle the structures of legal segregation.” While I could certainly identify with the president’s message, having litigated civil rights causes for more than 25 years, I had to ask whether it applied to the unequal and oppressive legal structure of divorce and family courts in America.

Only one day earlier, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, flanked by a feminist entourage, condemned members of Congress for their failure to pass the Equal Pay Act. Once again, the message appeared sincere on its surface after hearing some statistic about women earning 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. But throughout her own long tenure as a member of the same Congress, Ms. Pelosi never crusaded to rectify the more alarming statistic each year that men are paying 85% of child support orders and losing some 90% of custody cases in divorce and family courts.

Somehow, after successfully advocating for women and minorities for all of my professional life, I could not reconcile these lofty speeches with the reality of parenting inequalities in America. Somehow it was difficult for me to share the enthusiasm of these two civil rights advocates when reviewing the countless horror stories of discrimination, oppression and unjust decision making I have become exposed to in a lucrative Family Court structure which does more to reward politicians and lawyers than it does to promote families and children.

Obviously, in the world created today by Hollywood and Wall Street, traditional family structures will suffer. Parents will separate for the benefit of their children if other worldly interests prevail or if mom and dad simply cannot get along. But such a separation does not lead to the routine conclusion in these courts that dad pays and mom nurtures. Such an archaic result, common to President Johnson’s day, remains the standard for mandatory support and custody orders and the last bastion of institutionalized discrimination left unchecked in America today. “Dead beat dad” remains a sexist slur used by our Justice Department as recently as two years ago to announce a child support sting operation (otherwise known as “The War on Fathers”).

If these two particular politicians were as courageous as Lyndon B. Johnson, they would be calling for congressional hearings and a complete overhaul of our family court structure, its welfare (child support) laws, and practices by unscrupulous divorce lawyers. They would be “dismantling the structures of legal separation” between parents and children which stand in the way of shared parenting, equal access to children and relief from a system of economic oppression caused by a trillion dollar profit industry. State governments will not do this because they continue to benefit from this unequal system of justice through massive federal grants and collection interest revenues based on the number and magnitude of child support orders and family court controversies that can be generated.

It is obvious that parents and families will not see the long overdue reform which is sorely needed in these courts any time soon. Impotent studies, window dressing and lofty commitments to our children (not theirs) remain the lay of the land. So it begs the question: How many more school shootings will it take, how many more poorly educated children will we see, and how much additional breakdown in our moral fiber will occur before our government realizes that a proper commitment to civil rights must include these courts? Their secret proceedings must be opened and made accountable to the people.

The president’s speech has caused me to expand the mission of our parenting rights site, Leon Koziol.com. It will now address “citizen rights” generally and the reform of lawyer abuses in our courts. You will even see a new site, Lawyer Reform. Com, developed to aid us in this mission. It is a renewed commitment sure to result in a new round of retributions by licensing authorities in my state (New York), but this is a civil rights cause that can no longer be suppressed. It must be pursued toward a greater purpose, our children and future generations of Americans. Please stay in contact with this site as we move to daily reports and a more effective movement to assist you in your own trials and tribulations.

Best regards,

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Parental Rights Advocate
(315) 796-4000

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Binders Full of Veterans: How Much More Can We Tolerate?

By  Dr. Leon R. Koziol

After the foreign affairs debate, America’s voters should be focused upon an oppressed group of people which neither candidate has mentioned during the presidential campaign. They’re found right here in the states, and for lack of a better term, we’ll call them “binders full of veterans”. These are the fathers returning from military service who have been prejudiced in our nation’s domestic courts. To be fair, we should add our civilian police to their unfortunate lot.

They are prejudiced by their gender, commitment to duty and an antiquated system which makes Mitt Romney’s navy look like star wars. This system alienates parents and children to support a multi-billion dollar industry for lawyers and agencies. Before a divorce or separation is granted, courts require the naming of a “custodial” and “non-custodial” party. This unequal classification is then the workhorse for transfer payments known as “child support”. It produces federal funds and interest revenues for the states.

It’s also the underlying reason why shared parenting is opposed by bar associations everywhere. Custody and support “awards” cause parents to fight regardless of need or preexisting cooperation, and that’s good for lawyers. They are based upon such sexist factors as “primary care giving”. Veterans, police officers and fathers generally are the victims according to Census Bureau reports. If a domestic partner simply decides to move on with a parenting replacement, she can overcome any father’s genuine interests by exploiting the violent nature of his duty to secure these awards.

Forced to endure a stigmatizing and “fatherless” role in the lives of innocent children, our service people are then exposed to imputed income and other maximizing money factors to create obligations that cannot be maintained. Eventually the victim is remanded to prison or influenced to take matters into his own hands. Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama has called for a hard look at the suffering and suicide rates among these parents. Instead, Massachusetts and the Justice Department have maintained files for monitoring and arresting them.

These government binders are markedly different than the ones exploited by feminists after the second debate. Unlike progressive hiring practices, they are designed to perpetuate the archaic notion that mom’s place is with the children and a dad’s purpose is to pay for her services. It was a time when horses and bayonets were still in vogue and schools were segregated by race. These binders also reflect a full range of constitutional violations justified by children as their human shield. Foreign and domestic policy is uniquely merged in these courts, and our voters should look for the candidate who can best lead us to becoming a kinder and gentler nation.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
President and Founder
Parenting Rights Institute
1518 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
(315) 796-4000


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Parents Recognized In Presidential Debates, But Will Their Rights Be Protected?

By  Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Well it finally happened.  In the third round of debates for president and vice-president, parents were recognized for their importance to American society. It began with Mitt Romney toward the end of the Hofstra engagement with the rights of children to have both parents involved in their lives. This was the closest that any candidate in recent memory has come to recognizing the plight of fathers routinely discriminated in America’s domestic relations courts.

The Republican candidate explained that marriage as opposed to contraceptives should be the preferred agenda of government on social issues, drawing upon a conservative ideology which aligned him with the likes of Ronald Reagan (but not George Bush). However, he wrapped things up with his now infamous “binder of women” approach to equal rights derived from his tenure as Governor of Massachusetts.

The Democrat candidate quickly shot back, declaring women to be a family issue and thereby saving himself from a liberal philosophy that essentially declares the other half of the voting population to be evil. It allowed Barack Obama to join Mario Cuomo’s “Family of New York” and Hillary Clinton’s “Village”. He then returned safely to the women’s rights issue by declaring that his daughters deserved equal opportunities.

Nowhere in the debate was the issue of fatherless America raised. Like a sacred cow forever guarded by the same feminists who demand equality in all other areas of “the law”, no candidate for either office dared to confront our last bastion of institutionalized discrimination. Yet most rational minded voters would agree that fatherless families are a leading cause of our social problems today.

We pay for it in the contraceptives supplied through taxation, an escalation of crime, abuse of assault rifles and the rise in health care costs, all issues which dominated the debates. Meanwhile the damage to our productivity goes unmentioned as lawyers and government agents regulate our lives in divorce and Family Court. Indeed it takes no lawyer to conclude that these same issues are the symptoms and not the root of our problems in America today.

Flying well off this radar screen is a parenting rights case being considered by the Supreme Court. It was docketed on September 20, 2012 under the caption John Parent v State of New York, no 12-350. Parent is a fictitious party like the one permitted in Roe v Wade, and it is intended to represent parents victimized in our nation’s domestic relations courts. More than a civil rights case, it is a human rights cause designed to restore protection for the “oldest liberty interest” recognized under our Constitution.

Hopefully, all candidates for public office will take note of this case, if not the greater issue, even if the high court rejects it in favor of gay marriage, funeral protesters and other matters of “national prominence”. It took four grueling years for John Parent to work his way through our federal courts. Now it’s time to give him a chance to be heard. Our viability as a free and civilized nation depends upon it.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
President and Founder
Parenting Rights Institute
1518 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502(315) 796-4000