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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

Custody Battle Led to Deadly California Salon Shooting

Custody mayhem in California could have been avoided by reform litigation being pursued by parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D. 

Regrettably, the kind of violence evidenced by this incident could have been prevented through the efforts of parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D., and his test cases currently being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and federal appeals court in New York City. This latest incident as predicted, was described in a post on his website www.leonkoziol.com only several days ago, appearing on October 10, 2011.

In a very ironic and timely twist on this, Mr. Koziol’s case will be conferenced by the Justices of the United States Supreme Court tomorrow, October 14, 2011, for a possible precedent setting decision. On the other case in New York City, the United States Justice Department, New York Attorney General and defense firms, have secured extension for their briefs and arguments.

For a fuller description of Mr. Koziol’s efforts to reform laws that harm parent-child relationships, please visit: www.leonkoziol.com. Leon Koziol is available for commentary regarding this current news story and pending litigation. He can be reached at (315) 796-4000. We are also asking our regular followers to please share this story with regional and national media connections.

As stated in previous posts, resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.

See CNN News Story (Click Here)

U.S. Justice Department and Others Seek Extensions For Parenting Rights Case

U. S. Justice Department, defense firms and New York Attorney General seek extensions to file briefs in parenting rights case being heard in federal appeals court in New York City.

The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on the appeal brought by constitutional rights advocate Leon Koziol in New York City. It is representing Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. who was named as a defendant. The case seeks to promote shared parenting through a precedent setting decision which strikes down a scheme of federal and state laws that discriminate against fathers and non-custodial mothers in divorce, custody and support proceedings.

The complete brief was released publicly on this site, www.leonkoziol.com, on September 22, 2011, shortly after its filing. It addresses a full range of parenting rights routinely infringed in our state domestic relations courts. Like the equal rights vindicated by Brown v Board of Education, but unlike the fundamental rights pursued in Roe v Wade, this appeal is designed to promote family values in separated parental settings. If successful, it will provide a weapon for parents everywhere to resist draconian support orders and abusive court processes.

Significantly, U.S. attorneys have joined the New York Attorney General and law firms representing other defendants in seeking extensions to file their response briefs into December, 2011, or the maximum period allowed by law. Mr. Koziol has opposed those requests on grounds that he was able to complete his own brief in less than one week while filing motions, rule statements, record and appendix in a lesser period of time without office staff or support. Evidently this case, years in the works, is proving to have merit or cause for concern.

Unfortunately, as related in our last post, the financial burden inflicted by such delays is having devastating impacts upon Leon’s continuing ability to maintain this litigation. Simply put, it is a case which seeks a proper remedy in lieu of a constitutional amendment in the state legislatures and Congress that could take decades to produce. To our knowledge, only the State of Louisiana has endorsed such an amendment. On the positive side, the current briefing delay opens the door for persons or groups to join the case or provide their input on the arguments.

For our regular followers, input can be made by e-mail at: leonkozioljd@gmail.com. However you must first read and digest the brief referenced in our last post. In the coming weeks, you will be given the opportunity for virtual participation in our profound litigation by keyboard from your very own homes. Updates on this case and others being pursued by Mr. Koziol will follow. The referenced requests by government attorneys and defense firms may be viewed directly through the links found on our site. In the meantime, we would like to thank our early donors as we continue to urge your support behind this vital cause. Even if you are not currently impacted, the damage caused by these socialist welfare laws is affecting the health, safety, productivity, education and family heritage of an entire nation. Kindly pass this on.

As stated in our previous blog post, resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Leon can be reached directly at (315) 796-4000. Networking and media connections are also greatly needed. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help. 

 See Requests for Extensions Here

Equal Rights Alert

This is a public call to all women who support equal treatment under the law. Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol, a former practicing attorney who has won gender, race and sexual harassment cases during a 23 year career, is seeking your signature to a petition for a meeting with Barack Obama. He is seeking equal treatment for fathers in childrearing decisions in our domestic relations courts. Like the women’s rights movement which could not have succeeded without men supporters, he is confident that he can rely upon women of good conscience to join him in this call for reform. President Obama’s first act signed into law was the equal pay amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and appointments of two women to the United States Supreme Court. We hope Obama is not a hypocrite and will do the same reform for the other half of America’s parenting population. Little girls and women partners are victims in addition to good fathers under this antiquated “custodial institution of childrearing”. Attached is our Petition and “Open Letter to Barack Obama” for your review. Please pass this on to other women and rights advocates.

See “Open Letter to Barack Obama” –  (Click Here)

Sign Petition – (Click Here)

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Update: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today at LeonKoziol.Com we received notice from our good friends at ParentalRights.Org regarding SR 519 which stated the following:

This resolution calls on the President NOT to send the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Senate for advice and consent. It’s intended for Senate offices, and explains exactly why it is important to cosponsor SR 519. There are currently 22 cosponsors. The House companion bill is H.Res.1376, although our campaign for cosponsors is only necessary on the Senate side.

1. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter (attached to our petition)

2. Forward our newsletter to your members at least once every 6 months

3. Contact your Representative to support our resolutions. The Parental Rights Amendment and the anti-CRC bill are listed on our website. Non-supportive Representatives are listed on our website, with links to their contact information.

Why Cosponsor S.R. 519?

Cosponsoring Senate Resolution 519 is the only effective means to register opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) must not be ratified. The CRC undermines traditional parental rights and obligates us to implement its provisions, effectively transferring jurisdiction governing family law matters from the states to federal government. It will also lead to courts deciding domestic law by U.N guidelines rather than by the intent of elected American lawmakers. The CRC runs counter to our American heritage and freedoms. S.R. 519 sends a message that the Senate lacks the requisite votes to ratify the CRC. The Convention
requires the consent of 67 Senators; to reject it takes only 34. Once 34 sign SR 519, the Senate cannot grant its consent to the CRC — as long as 34 senators remain true to their commitment to protect American families and U.S. sovereignty.

2. The current leadership in Washington has demonstrated a willingness to go to great lengths to get what it wants, the will of the American people notwithstanding. From buy-outs to socialized health care, the current administration and legislative leadership have shown that they will go to extraordinary measures to get what they want when they want it. And President Obama, Ambassador Susan Rice, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all made it clear that they want to see us ratify the CRC. We must be sure the President knows the Senate will not provide consent. And that begins with 34 cosponsors to S.R. 519.

3. Proponents of the treaty are on the move, and claim to be near victory. The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child claim they have identified 60 senators in support of ratification, and 13 who are undecided. By their numbers, ratification is a real possibility now. They also indicate that they have had a recent White House meeting to discuss ratification. These factors further demonstrate the likelihood that an attempt at ratification will be made in the very near future.

4. The American people deserve a clear message from their leaders. Any Senator who opposes ratification of the CRC yet refuses to cosponsor S.R. 519 raises the question of whether that senator may be among the 13 undecided lawmakers whom proponents of the treaty
will be looking to court. Signing S.R. 519 allows a Senator to declare overt opposition to the treaty. At the same time, the Senator is able to take a stand that protects the rights of parents and the self-determination of the American people, a position supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans.

5. It’s clean and easy. The wording will not be changed in committee. Supporting senators won’t have to defend the measure in floor debate. None of these usual actions will be necessary. Thirty-four names. That’s all. A Senator need take no more action than to contact the office of Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina and ask to be added as a cosponsor. It is that easy.