family court

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Petition to Judge Steven Nordquist, Winnebago County

Justice for a Father and His Daughters.

Over a year ago two little girls were left with their grandparents because the mother was off doing heroin. When the father found out he immediately insisted on taking his daughters home with him. The grandparents refused and filed a petition for custody.  In this circumstance, they have zero right to do this. The father should have been given custody. To this day tens of thousands of dollars are wasted on what should be a clear answer. The grandparents still provide no compelling case and the ones who suffer are the girls. The father's future step sons and fiancee also have to deal with stress and financial disaster. It has now been a year and a half and the judge should have made a decision long ago. Something is not right and something must be done. Oddly enough The mother lives with the girls and grandparents now and exposes them to this daily. The mother has pending felony charges for heroin, the girls have been alienated, neglected and more by the grandparents. Based on federal and state law the girls should be with the father.   The children should grow up in a safe environment, they should not know what heroin syringes are and they should not be exposed to these conditions.   The children should be in an environment which they can thrive.  The Father has been  doing everything in terms of what is requested by the court with no results. His plea is ignored.  We would hate to think this is a result of a corrupt court house so let's remind the judge to uphold what is right.   Thank you for all your support and please share!

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Ombudsman

Introduce the Joint Physical Custody Presumption in Europe

Women and men, mothers and fathers are made to complement each other, and more importantly, children need both parents. Millions European citizens, be they grandmothers or grandfathers, mothers or fathers, aunts or uncles, have suffered the loss of children they love and care deeply about, as a result of misguided laws and obsolete family court practices in many European countries. The lack of legislation to support and encourage the Shared Parenting (called also joint physical custody or joint custody with alternating residence) is an issue which knows no bounds. It affects families from all countries, regardless how poor or how wealthy they are. It affects annually millions of children in Europe, regardless their race, ethnicity or gender. The issue transcends all demographics and is widespread across Europe. Experience from “advanced” countries like Sweden, Denmark or Belgium shows that children benefit most from the active involvement of both parents regardless of their marital status. The government policies and laws must be structured in such a way as to maximize the opportunity of all parents to contribute to the social, emotional, intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development of their children.  Across Europe, a growing number of children are being raised without the benefit of meaningful engagement with both parents and of their extended families. As contemporary research conclusively demonstrates, a child who effectively loses one of his or her parents through a custody decision is a child at risk for a number of negative personal and social outcomes. There is also a growing medical evidence that such “legal decisions” have long term negative impact on the health of the involved children. Research also proves that, although children want a relationship with both their parents regardless of marital status, healthy bonding with a non-residential parent is impossible without a substantial amount of time spent in that parent’ s physical presence.  In the context of the European Commission initiative to upgrade the Brussels II Legislation, Colibri (The European Platform for Joint Custody Co-Parenting & Childhood) asks for changes in the Family Law to be implemented across Europe. Such changes should ensure that regardless of the place where they live and what is their nationality, children of Europe will have the opportunity to remain fully engaged with both their parents into adulthood.  The people endorsing this statement know that not all children can have full access to both parents, and we know that not all parents are fit to raise their children. But we also know that far too many good, willing and fit parents are removed from their children’s lives by unfriendly family courts, obsolete policies and laws that undermine family integrity and autonomy.  Parental separation should not spell the end of a relationship between a child and one of its parents. Forced separation from one’s own flesh and blood in the absence of abuse is morally wrong and socially irresponsible. That is why we support equally shared parenting concept (joint physical custody) as the default arrangement for separating parents of minor children."  We invite European citizens, regardless their gender, to sign this petition. Go to to read more about Colibri’s position on this matter. Catalin Bogdan, VP (on behalf of Colibri Federation)  

Colibri Europe
560 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to New York Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Andrew Cuomo, David I Weprin, Kirsten Gillibrand, James Clayborne, Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Jose Serrano, Ellen Jaffee, Carmen E Arroyo, Maritza Davila

Enact Zoey's Law - Create a law to prevent Parental Alienation

Zoenika Humphreys is not the first child to commit suicide as a result of the inadequate investigation of parental alienation claims, but she must be the last. We need a Zoey’s Law to honor the memory of children who were failed by the system and to prevent the same thing from happening to another child because it will unless we act now.  Zoenika Humphreys, a 15-year-old girl from Swansea, Illinois committed suicide on August 25, 2013. She never received the help she needed, regardless of letters written to the courts on her behalf. One out of five children is going through parental alienation; this is a form of abuse. Parental alienation (or Hostile Aggressive Parenting) is a group of behaviors that are damaging to children's mental and emotional well-being and can interfere with a relationship of a child and either parent. These behaviors most often accompany high conflict marriages, separation or divorce. These behaviors whether verbal or non-verbal, cause a child to be mentally manipulated or bullied into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and the enemy, to be feared, hated, disrespected and avoided. Parental alienation and hostile, aggressive parenting deprive children of their right to be loved by and showing love for both of their parents. The destructive actions by an alienating parent or other third person (like another family member, or even a well-meaning mental health care worker) can become abusive to the child - as the alienating behaviors are disturbing, confusing and often frightening, to the child, and can rob the child of their sense of security and safety leading to maladaptive emotional or psychiatric reactions. There were over five reports of abuse and letters written to family court judges but yet she was allowed to remain with her grandmother, and none of the reports were adequately investigated. To create a statutory presumption of joint custody for all minor children whose parents are no longer together, so that both parents can continue to share in the responsibilities and duties of the children's upbringing.  When a noncustodial parent has been granted visitation rights and those rights are denied or otherwise interfered with by the custodial parent or guardian, the noncustodial parent may file with the court clerk a motion to enforcement of visitation rights. The motion shall be filed on a form provided by the court clerk. Upon submitting the motion, the court shall immediately schedule a court date, should be no more than 14 days after the motion been filed. If the court finds that visitation rights of the noncustodial parent have been unreasonably denied or otherwise interfered with by the custodial parent, the court shall enter an order providing for one or more of the following: 1. A specific visitation schedule; 2. Compensating visitation time for the visitation denied or otherwise interfered with, which time shall be of the same type (e.g. holiday, weekday, weekend, summer) as the visitation denied or otherwise interfered with, and shall be at the convenience of the noncustodial parent; 3. Posting of a bond, either cash or with sufficient sureties, conditioned upon compliance with the order granting visitation rights 4. Assessment of reasonable attorney fees, mediation costs, and court costs to enforce visitation rights against the custodial parent; 5. Attendance of one or both parents at counseling or educational sessions which focus on the impact of visitation disputes on children; 6.  Supervised visitation; or 7. Any other remedy the court considers appropriate, which may include an order which modifies a prior order granting child custody.  

Tamika Mapp
508 supporters