2015: What a Year at Leon Koziol. Com !

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While most victims of court abuse talk and complain about their ordeals, here at Leon Koziol.com, we are doing something about it. We are entering our seventh year of advocacy for victimized moms and dads. And it’s been a wild ride.

A second professional evaluation was performed on our site in 2015 with great reviews and promising signs of growth. According to a year end report received on December 30th, a record number of visitors, over 23,000, was documented in 2015.

With newly applied initiatives such as regular news updates, upcoming book publications and political action in the 2016 elections we expect that number to grow virally and exponentially. Many thanks to all our followers who helped make this possible.

Ironically the single most viewed post was a gag order placed upon this site by a family judge, Daniel King, which is now being challenged in a higher court. This judge was widely criticized for imposing support orders upon his public critic, Dr. Leon Koziol, based upon fictitional college degrees before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. (Click Here to View Post)

As you can see we have not gone away. This is because the crucial and unprecedented work we do literally saved lives. This has been verified by the same year end report showing that followers have increased dramatically from countries as far away as Russia, Australia and Brazil. The largest number of visitors outside the states came from Canada and Great Britain.

The year began after Leon’s return from Paris where he met with human rights advocates to obtain international recognition of the abuses occurring in family courts that have been transformed into capitalist courts. Children have been turned into a trillion dollar industry while  our moral fiber has declined to an all time low. (Click Here to View Post)

In March Dr. Koziol spent a week in Nashville meeting with celebrity agents and free speech advocates in an effort to promote our parenting rights cause. Donations and investors were sought while reports were generated to demand long overdue reforms with a focus on shared parenting, draconian support collection practices and parental alienation atrocities. (Click Here to View Post)

These goals took on heightened attention when an unarmed father, Walter Scott, was murdered by a police officer in South Carolina while fleeing a support warrant during a traffic stop. Leon spent a week in Charleston addressing national media and meeting with civil rights advocates such as Al Sharpton and Attorney Malik Shabazz. (Click Here to View Post)

He followed with a major report submitted to the Justice Department. (Click Here to See This Report)

The year also featured book writing services for parents victimized in these courts. One court ordeal is expected to be published very soon on behalf of a mother who suffered through a 15 year ordeal that took her to numerous foreign countries as a fugitive from a corrupt family court system in Michigan. (Click Here to View Post)

A famous doctor secured Leon’s assistance and invited him to spend a week in Manhattan over the summer to study his divorce ordeal which cost him nearly $5 million in lawyer fees. A university professor nearby had vigorously fought alongside Leon at the Foley Square courthouses in New York City. (Click Here to See Post)

Leon gave interviews to Joseph Sorge and his widely acclaimed Divorce Corp movement to promote overdue reforms in these courts. In a further effort to suppress such reforms, Leon was again hauled before a “professional standards” committee to explain outcomes which he had no control over.

This all culminated in a rare disciplinary hearing made public at Leon’s request. It was covered  by Divorce Corp and featured a panel of judges called to task over the ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against Leon who were fired by the same court for falsifying their time sheets. It resulted in a dismissal of the committee’s charges. (Click Here to Read Post)

In recent months the “war on parents” has reached climactic levels with a clash between First Amendment and family court gag orders disguised as protection devices. A self governing nation will not tolerate such oppression and deceit. Hence we are challenging such practices in a federal appeals court in Manhattan. We expect to reach the Supreme Court in 2016.

Such action on your behalf is not free. It takes massive resources, yet we continue to struggle with volunteers and few donors. You cannot imagine what it is like for a committed parental advocate to hear countless heart wrenching stories from all across the country without the means to assist and yet remain standing against all the severe retribution sustained as a consequence. Hopefully that will change with your help in 2016.

Happy New Year !

 

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Discrimination Now Legal on Both Sides of Mason-Dixon Line

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Leon Koziol at Country Music Hall of Fame

Fatherless Friday, June 19th, Set for Rally at Supreme Court

It used to be that discrimination was legal only in states south of the Mason-Dixon border, but after completing our fathers rights meetings this week in Nashville, we have concluded that discrimination is now legal on both sides of that line.

On an increasing scale each year fathers are being remanded to the role of visitors or virtual parents in their children’s lives simply because of their male birth status. They are then subjected to indentured service to scorned adversaries known as custodial parents ultimately becoming legal sub-class citizens with the specter of debtor prisons hanging over their heads.

Indeed all manner of constitutional protection has been set aside under a judge made law dating back to feudal England known as equity power. Under this authority fathers can be targeted as criminals simply because they have relocated to other states in search of employment. The vast majority of fathers cannot possibly know that they are considered criminals due to a support debt treated as a tax by our government.

The situation today is completely out of control because fathers are allowing it. They would rather go bowling or watch tournament games than get personally involved in a long overdue reform effort. Not a single one to date has stepped up to the plate to recruit participants at a rally in Washington on fatherless day, June 19th.

For those of you unfamiliar with the fatherless day tradition, it is the annual Friday before Fathers’ Day which equal rights advocates have set aside to conduct nationwide rallies against Family Court abuses at courthouses and state capitals across the country. Most Americans are unaware of this tradition because the media has suppressed it and our government has exploited discrimination for profit. It simply does not fit into the civil rights categories defined by liberals and feminists.

But the reality is that father discrimination is at the root of social ills in this nation. Here in Nashville we have decided to do something about it. A series of posts at Leon Koziol. com  describes a We Are Fathers campaign to end the last bastion of legal discrimination remaining unchecked in America today.

But for this campaign to succeed, all concerned people must get involved. Reform is not free and it won’t be done by your neighbor or  some stranger. These are your children too and they rely on your donations and personal recruitment efforts. Otherwise, like all prior reform efforts, it will suffer a quick death.

Dr. Leon Koziol

Parental Rights Advocate

(315) 796-4000

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Proud To Be An American: It Doesn’t Get Any More Country Than This!

  

Nashville Country Music Singers Praise America and Our Flag.

If you’ve been to Nashville or Music City and Smashtown as they call it,  then you know that all they feature here are patriotism, the flag and country music. It’s just the way it is. Like it or leave it, no hard feelings.

I was fortunate to love all three while being escorted around downtown one night. My hosts took me to some of the hot spots, there were just too many to choose from, and I would have been lost trying to find the “right” ones. They even got me to some special entrances to by-pass the lines.

At least five blocks on either side of the main boulevard as far as I could tell boasted a string of country bars and clubs. Okay there was an occasional souvenir shop to break up the monotony, but a bar or two for every building, some three stories high dwarfed by tall office buildings all around. Every place had a band or two. And as one broke down, another was setting up. Just to play at any of  these venues, you had to be one step from stardom.

The people here are friendly, down to earth and they come from all over the country. You can learn a lot from a place like this just from conversation and the performances. For example, I learned from a taxi driver that there were fathers in Nashville escaping family court abuses by seeking asylum in foreign countries. At one club, the lead singer of a large band dedicated a series of songs to our military, emphasizing that he came from a family generation of service men.

It occurred to me during all the cheering for our military that we were toasting men and fathers that were coming home to unjust laws and discrimination. It convinced me that my trip down here was for a worthy cause because I still find myself unable to reconcile these praises with the conduct of our government when the same service men return to the states. 

As many of you know from our recent posts, I am seeking funding behind a  “We Are Fathers” campaign designed to secure long overdue equality and fair treatment in our nation’s divorce and family courts. I was therefore proud to join the toast of the lead singer with much more than a glass. 

I raised my report high in the air to signify that there were people in his audience doing something more profound to assure that the rights and freedoms promoted by our military were being protected here at home. Nashville, what a wonderful town, truly the heart of America.

Dr. Leon R. Koziol

(315) 796-4000

Should Fathers Stop Paying Support in Protest of Discrimination?





“We Are Fathers” Campaign Begins in Nashville

It’s the boldest proposal coming from my first day in Nashville. A sponsor of our campaign originally suggested the idea at the Divorce Corp Family Law Conference at our nation’s capital this past November. Now it is gaining momentum.

After years of frustration seeking justice and equal rights in a Tennessee family court, the father who advanced it is adamant that conventional channels will remain corrupt and dysfunctional for many years to come. Something more profound was needed to secure meaningful reform. Debate on the subject was lively to say the least.

Of course, opponents of the plan argued that a united consensus among fathers to stop paying support would mean breaking the law. Guys could go to jail for this. Women’s rights groups would go wild and our cause would be harmed. Finally the question was put: what about the children?

To this I emphasized that Susan B. Anthony was a convicted criminal who refused to pay her fine in protest of discrimination against women. Her crime: voting in the 1872 elections. The U.S. Supreme Court justice who presided over her criminal trial never did commit Susan to jail as was the prescribed remedy for such a willful violation of the so-called law. 

As for the children, the real question is this: is it more important for them to have money or a real father? What incentive is there for a father to earn money when he is not accorded equal rights in parenting or alienated altogether in order to enrich family court lawyers or a scorned adversary?

Two ironies emerge from the Nashville proposal and the crimes committed by  our greatest women’s rights advocate. First, had Susan B. Anthony continued to comply with “the law” women would still be considered too ignorant to vote. And with such precedent, can it be said that today’s fathers are being ignorant when they comply with the current system of discriminatory laws which makes them visitors and indentured servants in their children’s lives simply because of their parental birth status? The Census Bureau continues to report that 85% of all parents paying support are fathers.

This leads to our second irony. The courtroom in Rochester, New York where my law license was suspended for a refusal to pay support is dedicated to none other than Susan B. Anthony. If a conscientious father, model citizen and successful civil rights attorney, unblemished for over 23 years can make such a sacrifice, why not others? Our military makes a greater sacrifice before returning home to the same unjust laws.

As for women’s rights groups, one of the first supporters to be sought behind such a proposal should be the National Organization for Women. After all, if equal rights is their true mantra, they should be out front seeking it for children and future generations. Otherwise their whole movement is nothing more than a giant hypocrisy. 

It leads to one final irony. During my civil rights career, I became the attorney and trusted advocate for Karen DeCrow. For those of you who do not recognize the name, she was an attorney and president of the National Organization for Women. A referendum on this bold proposal is expected before Father’s Day 2015. Will NOW be its strongest supporter.

Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Parental Rights Advocate 

(315) 796-4000

Lawyer Profits in Divorce and Family Court are Maximized by Archaic Custody Laws

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Unequal Parenting Scheme Exploits Children for Money

Future generations will look back on today’s domestic relations courts and be amazed at how truly barbaric they once were. A scheme of laws and processes derived from feudal equity doctrines has been retained which features loving parents engaged in brutal contests over their offspring in a public arena. A winner-take-all battle for custody leads to over-regulation of families by the state and marginalization, alienation or outright extinction of one fit parent from the children’s lives. Anal investigations of the combatants’ backgrounds by self serving advisors incite further controversy to last a lifetime. It is a spectacle reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum.

No person or entity has ever been able to achieve a comprehensive study of the vast detriment which this archaic custody and support system has had upon our society. Any such effort would assuredly be stymied by the beneficiaries of a lucrative child control industry. However common sense dictates that our nation could be well served with sweeping reforms here in our least scrutinized branch of government. We can put a man on the moon, split atoms, engage artificial intelligence and achieve vast breakthroughs in medicine but remain unable to extricate family courts from their nineteenth century practices. We at Leon Koziol.com are starting a public initiative in Nashville this week which aims to do exactly that.

Entitled “We Are Fathers,” this initiative seeks to balance our scales of justice so that lawyers return to their offices with less fees and parents go home with more money to spend on their children. Profit-seeking lawyers and political insiders have managed to retain this archaic and unequal scheme of custody laws through a divide and conquer approach to shared parenting efforts. They have pit moms and dads against one another and routinely secured judicial pronouncements which placed all the blame for family court conflict upon both when the money ran out. Judges who earlier practiced this very same profit agenda earned political favor each time such an unfair pronouncement was doled out.

Ongoing propaganda in support the unequal custody scheme stigmatizes fathers generally as “dead beats” and unfit for child nurturing. Unfit mothers buy into this scheme because it satisfies some ego boost, scorn or jealousy complex involving the private lives of their ex-partners. A growing number of responsible mothers, however, are wising up to the fact that good fathers are being lumped together with absentees and abusers under the same scheme. In the end, the system fleeces both parents of savings and assets better applied to their children’s needs as opposed to lawyer wealth. They are concluding sometimes too late that unequal custody laws are harming women and children more than they are discriminated fathers.

In the case of most fathers and non-custodial mothers, they are relegated to the standard two monthly weekends under prevailing doctrine and made to exercise “visitation,” that degrading form of child rearing more appropriate for funerals and prisons. The injustices inherent with “custody” and “visitation” are not new. However, as the central features for federal incentive grants based on the number and magnitude of support awards manufactured by these courts, their harmful consequences are universally suppressed. For example in Webster v Ryan, 729 NYS 2d 315 (Fam. Ct. 2001), a veteran family court judge condemned the use of the antiquated terms in favor of “parenting orders” of the kind successfully employed under the laws of Australia. The text at footnote one of a highly researched opinion warrants a reprint here:

“At the outset, the Court notes that the terms ‘custody’ and ‘visitation’ have outlived their usefulness. Indeed their use tends to place any discussion and allocation of family rights into an oppositional framework. ‘Fighting for custody’ directs the process towards determining winners and losers. The children, always in the middle, usually turn out to be the losers… This Court has abandoned the use of the word ‘visitation’ in its Orders, using the phrase ‘parenting time’ instead. If the word ‘custody’ did not so permeate our statutes and was not so ingrained into our psyches, that word would be the next to go… This misplaced focus draws parents into contention and conflict, drawing the worst from them at a time when their children need their parents’ best.”

Obviously this jurist was ahead of his time and his views have been shared by countless others privately. Five years later, a Matrimonial Commission would make the same recommendations to New York’s Chief Justice (The “Miller Report”). But the damaging terms have survived to the present day and adopted by states across our country only because the federal support statute mandates their exclusive use as a condition for mass funding. The words father, mother or some other neutral term are not available under the support formula which must be employed to validate divorce and separation agreements. Instead parents are enticed into that fight mentality under the federal support laws to win both the children and the money which is then spent to remove the losing parent altogether through alienation tactics and false petitions.

The Webster decision was quickly reversed the following year and its wisdom has remained suppressed or dormant in the fourteen years since it was issued. During that period, tremendous harm has occurred. Countless fathers never knew the experience of placing a child on or off a school bus, thousands of children were alienated or psychologically damaged, and non-custodial parents were held to self-crafted rules dictated by their severed partners. This all occurred even though no utopian standards for child rearing existed. Instead controversy was increased exponentially while making an ultimate oxymoron of the words “family court.” Indeed the Matrimonial Commission found that our custody laws created a “shoe horn” effect. To make the profitable scheme work, judges simply used custodial parents as court supervisors over their counterparts. In effect, the state became an uninvited party to all court cases.

When the state gets too involved in sensitive, private matters, the outcome is usually damaging, irrational and even unintelligible. We have started a crusade for reform that we hope you will join. It will take literally millions of dollars to fight the powerful bar associations and insider PACs opposed to reform. We are asking our followers to begin their own personal recruitment campaigns behind a rally in Washington this June. You can be contacting veterans groups, your local chamber of commerce, good government groups, media, fellow bloggers, public figures, bowling associations, fraternal and family groups, in short, all the impacted constituencies which could make a long overdue reform effort become viral. Don’t do this for us, and don’t expect us to do it for you, instead do it for your own families and children while such an effort is actually underway. And please do not pass over the donate option on this site. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Will Country Music Celebrities Support Our Nation’s Fathers?

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Parental Advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, to Meet with Agents and Supporters in Nashville.

Do fathers matter any more in this country? It’s a growing question haunting policy makers in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Politicians accustomed to appeasing women’s rights activists have made it expedient to abuse fathers for votes without any regard for its long term consequences. As a result, stigmatized fathers are surrendering to the stereotypes and abandoning their rightful roles as natural parents. It is a silent and insidious trend harming families, children and our society.

We all have some recognition of the injustices in these courts, but do we really know the severity of their consequences? The insidious harm is supported by numerous studies over the past three decades which show that father discrimination is at the root of today’s unprecedented social problems. After an exhaustive review of such studies in an article entitled, “Is There Really a Fatherhood Crisis,” Professor Stephen Baskerville places the blame on government itself:

“Virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherless children: violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, unwed pregnancy, suicide, and psychological disorders – all correlating more strongly with fatherlessness than with any other single factor, surpassing even race and poverty. The majority of prisoners, juvenile detention inmates, high school dropouts, pregnant teenagers, adolescent murderers, and rapists come from fatherless homes. Children born from affluent but broken families are much more likely to get into trouble than children from poor but intact ones, and white children from separated families are at higher risk than black children in intact families. … Marshalling federal agencies to “promote” something as private and personal as a parent’s relationship with his own children raises questions. The assumption that the government has a legitimate role in ameliorating the problem of fatherlessness also glides quickly over the more fundamental question of whether the government has had a role in creating the problem. What we see in the “fatherlessness crisis” may be an optical illusion. What many are led to believe is a social problem may in reality be an exercise of power by the state.” Independence Review, vol VIII, n 4, Spring 2004, at pp 485-486.

A promotional tour for a nationwide fathers’ rights project will begin next week in Nashville. That project is described in a highly researched report made public on March 1, 2015 entitled “We Are Fathers.” It was authored by parental advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, and he has been sharing it with celebrity agents in California, public interest groups across the country and chambers of commerce, among others. One obstacle, of course, has been the subject matter. When breast cancer, domestic violence or abortion rights are offered, the reactions are typically more favorable. However for reasons that remain a modern day phenomenon, fathers are frowned upon and relegated to that lower class of citizenship.

Bucking that trend, Dr. Koziol is seeking to remove the stigma and promote a vital cause to benefit our families, children and future generations. Indeed our followers are growing exponentially by the day. Nevertheless we recognize the uphill nature of our work. For example, when we discussed our tour with the Agent for Miranda Lambert, a reply received the next day favored her Mutt Nation project over ours, leading one of our followers to conclude that she considered stray dogs more important than fathers. Greater public awareness would inform her of the countless homeless fathers struggling against a highly oppressive court system. Others have been more supportive. As you can guess, early meetings with celebrities or their agents cannot generally be made public but we will continue to report on our progress. For all the country music followers of this site, some but not all of the celebrities we’ve reached out to are listed below:

Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Blake Sheldon, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney     Gretchen Wilson, Jake Owen, Carrie Underwood, John Rich, Jason Aldean,  Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley  and Cowboy Troy

Tired of Spending Money on Useless Lawyers in Divorce or Family Court? Here’s a Solution.

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Parental Advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, Hosting Conference Calls to Address Reform Report, Nashville Tour and Programs to Help Families in Conflict.

300,000 lawyers in California alone, more than a million nationwide and a comparable number of candidates in law school. That’s a lot of lawyers anxious to find employment. If you have an ax to grind with your ex, some score to settle for ego purposes, or you just like to fight for attention, then you make a perfect employer for a divorce or family court lawyer prepared to manufacture controversy for profit. Even if you’re not a fighter and more of a reasonable type, there is no shortage of issues and not enough money to satisfy a lawyer once you’ve hired one.

That’s just the way it is in our nation’s domestic relations courts. The deeper you get, the more foolish you become until you are likely to face bankruptcy in the end. Once they get you in the door, the system makes you think it’s all for your children’s “best interests,” but those same children may easily lose the funds for a good college education. Worse yet, you may have to start all over again building a new life, a new savings account and a logical explanation for sacrificing so much for so little.

That’s why parental advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, has been crusading for reform. On March 1, 2015, he released an alarming report describing the complexities of today’s domestic relations courts and the vast harm they are causing to our families, moral fiber and productivity in the workplace. On March 18, 2015, he will begin a promotional tour in Nashville regarding his reform efforts. Already the responses have been coming in for answers to the many problems faced by victims in these courts. To address them, he will be sponsoring a series of conference calls beginning on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7 pm EST, and continuing weekly thereafter every Monday at 7pm EST. The following topics will be featured for those wishing to participate at no cost:

  1. Reform report and six part action plan;
  2. Nashville promotional tour;
  3. Court Avoidance Programs;
  4. Mediation alternatives to costly litigation;
  5. Drafting, book editing and court accountability projects.

If you have an issue or concern which fits in one or more of these categories, you are welcome to participate in this valuable conference. However to assure conformity with our five-part agenda, we ask all interested persons to e-mail Dr. Koziol beforehand at leonkoziol@parentingrightsinstitute.com. Tell us a bit about yourself and your issues. We will then respond with the contact number and related information regarding this conference. We have been in contact with high profile agents, chambers of commerce and public interest groups regarding this nationwide reform effort. We hope to elicit your financial contributions and participant support. We will close with another relevant excerpt from Dr. Koziol’s public initiative report and funding request:

“As a general observation, industrialists sell products, government sells services, businesses sell both, doctors sell advice and cures, psychiatrists sell therapy and medications, and lawyers sell controversies and promises. Of all these “stocks in trade” the last is most counter-productive to families. They do not belong in a forum created to protect our children. And when government makes it profitable for their participants to incite controversy, it is the worst kind of evil. Minor disputes erupt into major ones with the words of an unscrupulous lawyer adept at abusing the system for fee generating purposes. In the end, a protracted court battle yields irrevocable harm.

Unfortunately the laws are drafted to cultivate, encourage and even incentivize conflict in these courts. The very structure for resolution is built upon artificially induced controversy and an unsupported foundation for distributing childrearing authority between superior and inferior parents. Shared parenting initiatives have failed time and again in states all across America due to a universal failure to invalidate the archaic system which is being protected. Many never even make it the floors of our state legislatures. A major objective of this action plan, therefore, is to debunk the custody myth through public awareness of its untold detriments.

The state’s seizure of parenting rights enables lawyers to examine every aspect of a family’s private life in a public courtroom. Once the financial information is extracted, they are able to determine the extent of liquid assets available from the combatants for fee generating purposes. Child interests provide fertile ground for endless disputes, and settlement efforts are often promoted only when the money runs out… “