Court orders ex to provide transportation so Dad can see his daughter
What good is parenting time on paper, if a father and his child can’t get together in real life?
The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd. in Chicago represented the father of a high-school-age daughter who was given weekly parenting time in his divorce.
When the mother wished to move a significant distance away, this required Dad’s approval – which he granted, based on the mother’s promise that she would take responsibility for transporting the child to and from Dad’s home each week, so he could visit his daughter, whom he loves dearly.
According to court documents, the mother then refused to transport the girl, thereby breaching her agreement. Without her compliance, visitation for dad would be impossible: He would lose his daughter.
“That’s when Dad decided he had had enough, and he called us, which was a wise decision,” says attorney Jeffery M. Leving, founder and president of the firm.
Leving will talk about the case on his weekly radio show, the Dads’ Rights Legal Hour, 9-10 a.m. CDT Saturday, March 25, on Power 92.3 FM in Chicago.
The Leving legal team researched the facts, went to court, presented Dad’s case to the judge – and won.
The judge ordered the mother to keep up her end of the transportation agreement, so that Dad could see his daughter every week.
“This is an important victory, modified for broadcast, which rights a wrong,” Leving says. “Dad was very satisfied with the result, and his mind is now at ease, knowing he’ll see his daughter every week, which is great for them both. I’m glad we came through for him.”
Leving also will speak on the radio about the success he and James M. Hagler, an attorney at the Leving firm, have had in recovering children in international abductions. The two have consulted with the State Department, as far back as when President Obama was in office, helping diplomats understand the fine points of the Hague Convention, which is meant to bring children abducted internationally back where they belong. “I believe we’ve had great success in this area, because diplomats are now trained in child abduction,” Leving says.
Leving and Hagler were interviewed this week on Daytime Chicago on WGN-TV Ch. 9, where they talked about hall-of-famer Ernie Banks, whom they represented in his divorce. Mr. Banks was so impressed with a 501(c)3 charity Leving founded, the Fatherhood Educational Institute, that he volunteered and served as honorary president until he died in 2015.
“When he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2013, he gave us autographed baseball bats from the White House ceremony, which we display proudly in our office,” Leving says.
“Dreaming of giving a child a better life shouldn’t be an impossible dream.”
Jeffery M. Leving is founder and president of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd., and is a strong advocate. He is the author of Fathers’ Rights, Divorce Wars and How to be a Good Divorced Dad, the latter of which was endorsed by President Obama and by Cardinal Francis E. George, then the archbishop of Chicago. To learn more about Leving and his latest court victories, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and view his videos on You Tube.
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