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About AMother'sHeartSongsUnsilenced

Lisa Nadig is a noted figure in the world of classical vocal music in Chicago and beyond, having sung with the Chicago Symphony and numerous other arts organizations. A highly sought-after teacher, she has been a music educator for over 25 years. She received her Master's and Bachelor's of Music degrees from the renowned DePaul University School of Music. She has served on the music faculty for Rockford University, Saint Xavier University and Highland Community College. Lisa is a survivor of prolonged (6+ years), severe and vicious bullying through family court in tandem with financial exploitation of her family farm estate. While silence would be more comfortable, Ms. Nadig made the decision to speak out about the need for immediate change in our national's family courts. An accomplished artist-teacher, Ms. Nadig is uniquely suited to assist as a presenter and speaker in order to effect much-needed change for the benefit of our nation's children.

Radio Interview With Michael Volpe, Doreen Ludwig and Witnesses

Radio Interview With Michael Volpe, Doreen Ludwig and Witnesses

The freedom for all network…Blog Talk Radio, The Captain

Noted family court corruption investigative journalists Michael Volpe  & Doreen Ludwig analyze the corruption in Lisa Nadig’s “family” “law” case in Cook County Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Judge Alfred Levinson presiding, Natalie Koga, Child Rep.  Witnesses also call into the show. Radio Interview

Books by Michael Volpe

Motherless America: Confronting Welfare’s Fatherhood Custody Program, by Doreen Ludwig

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Finally, John Oliver does Guardianships!

MaryGSykes.com

While the blogs and those who have been burned in gship and their family members and who have gone to mega media over and over again, only to find out they won’t report on this news, they and the media are threatened by the court system with lawsuits, this is for you.

This was published on June 3, 2018 and already has 1.7 million views and 3.9k comments

Thanks so much to Mr. John Oliver for doing this and bringing out an important problem in the US court systems.

It is everywhere across the nation.

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Radio Interviews

The freedom for all network…Blog Talk Radio, The Captain

Lisa Nadig, Michael Volpe & Doreen Ludwig discuss corruption in her “family” law case in Cook County Chicago

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thecapt/2015/09/24/the-captains-very-special-guest-lisa-nadig

 

 

Daughter sues Orange County after being taken, by Jordan Graham, The OCR

“In the sequel to the costliest-ever liability lawsuit against Orange County, a federal appellate court has affirmed that the county once again is not immune from liability for a 2000 incident in which a woman alleges that two social workers committed perjury to separate her from her mom when she was a young girl.

The ruling issued Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is based on the same events that caused a jury to award Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick $9.6 million from Orange County in 2011 after she alleged that social workers used fabricated evidence to cause a court to remove her two daughters from her custody for six and a half years.

Now, Fogarty-Hardwick’s daughter, Preslie Hardwick, who was one of the two girls separated from her mom, also is suing the county. And while the appellate court’s ruling does not address the merits of Hardwick’s complaint, it suggests the county could be on the hook to pay out once again.”

Daughter sues Orange Cunty

Abusers and Cyberstalking

From Cyberbullying

“Cyberbullying is defined as the posting of frightening, harassing, humiliating text or images on the internet, cell phones or other digital devices.”

Cyberbullying includes harassment, denigration, impersonation, trickery, and cyberstalking.”

An example of impersonination:  “A fake, horrible e-mail is sent by an impersonator under your child’s name to others.”

Many mothers whose children were taken by an abusive father report that he continued the psychological abuse, by impersonating the child and sending her fake, horrible emails, as part of the ongoing campaign of cyberstalking & cyberbullying. 

*Impersonating someone online is classified as Cyberstalking in Illinois, and a Class 4 Felony.  “Cyberstalking is a Class 4 felony in Illinois. (720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-7.5.) A person convicted of a Class 4 felony faces imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than three years, a fine of up to $25,000, or both. (730 Ill. Comp. Stat. § § 5/5-4.5-45, 5/5-4.5-50.)”

From Wikipedia: Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is perpetrated through harassmentcyberstalking, denigration (sending or posting cruel rumors and falsehoods to damage reputation and friendships), impersonation, and exclusion (intentionally and cruelly excluding someone from an online group)

“The US federal cyberstalking law is designed to prosecute people for using electronic means to repeatedly harass or threaten someone online. There are resources dedicated to assisting adult victims deal with cyberbullies legally and effectively. One of the steps recommended is to record everything and contact police.”

RESOURCES:

www.cyberbullying.org
  Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
  NetSmartz411: Internet Safety Help Desk
  Bully OnLine
  www.stopbullynow.com
  www.safeteens.com
  www.childrenonline.org
  www.glsen.org/bullying
  www.adl.org/combatbullying
  www.wiredsafety.org
  www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject
  www.pacer.org/bullying

From Ken Ditkowsky–Articles which must be remembered–Dr. Borasi’s cash for patients scheme & NY rejects assisted a right to assisted suicide

MaryGSykes.com

With respect to the NY lawsuit by 3 terminally ill patients who claimed a constitutional right to assisted suicide, interestingly enough, two died peacefully during the litigation, but one went into remission and is doing fine now.  The court reminded everyone they had  right to refuse any or all medical treatment and further, they had  right to pain killers to relieve any discomfort.  (I bet they did not mention medical marijuana).  But they have not addressed a more serious question and that is that hospice, for many elderly, means forced drugging and the withholding of food and water so someone can get at their assets quickly and efficiently.  These cases of murder are seldom investigated.  Currently “condition of the body reports” which are mandatory by licensed funeral directors go no where and are seen by no one, but they should pass the desk of at least one skilled detective trained…

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From Mom & Music Teacher to Legal Abuse Syndrome, Lisa Nadig

Every lawyer, at least once in every case, feels himself crossing a line that he doesn’t really mean to cross… it just happens… And if you cross it enough times it disappears forever. And then you’re nothin but another lawyer joke. Just another shark in the dirty water.” from The Rainmaker.  

How did I become one of the “walking wounded”, suffering from a variant of Post-Traumatic Stress known as Legal Abuse Syndrome?  How did I go from the Mom expected to do everything to not allowed to send a Birthday or Christmas card? How did a group of Chicago lawyers exploit my wealthy, elderly, ill father living 150 miles away on our four generation family farm while terrorizing me through the Cook County court system?  

Every area of my life has been severely impacted by the vicious Legal Abuse and bullying I was subjected to for nearly seven years.  The goal?  Steal my only, irreplaceable child along with my share of our four-generation, multi-million dollar Family Farm Trust.  The strategy?  Fraud On The Court and an abusive litigation-vortex to switch custody, in order to “convince” (read: Exploit) my elderly, ill father that I somehow “deserved it.” 

“A common tactic of psychological abusers is to try and befriend the family members of the survivor.  Why?  If the toxic ex-spouse can get the survivor’s own family aligned with him or her, then it has an isolating effect for the survivor.  This tactic can also give the abuser a chance to be seen as agreeable or nice so clearly the relational issues must be the survivor’s fault, right?  Abusers like to have all the human chess pieces on their side of the board.”-Shannon Thomas, southlakecounseling.org

My ex-husband was allowed to file eight petitions for Custody, litigating custody repeatedly for over six years, and countless harassing Motions and delays so I would run out of money for legal representation.   Many hearings were set at the last minute on teaching days so I would lose income.  I was forced into court so frequently, and for so long making it impossible to earn a living.  It is well-documented that Domestic Abusers with access to money frequently use the legal system to leave their victim homeless, penniless and childless as revenge for leaving them – the “Price for Saying No”.  And there is no shortage of ethically-challenged individuals plying their various trades in the courtrooms ready to make a fortune off of the misery of others, their Professional Code of Ethics be damned.  

No system of care in America creates more devastation than the legal system. All but the wealthy are priced out of taking their cases to a point of closure…Anger and disappointment reach a point beyond rage to an implosion that injures the psyche of the strongest of us. Attorneys rank among the highest in substance abuse, depression, suicide and unhappiness with their profession. Litigants who enter with any illness, injury, or weakness are made worse by stress, sometimes terrorized and bullied.”  Dr. Karin Huffer  Legal Abuse Syndrome, Dr. Karin Huffer

I was the Primary Caretaker and a very loving, hands-on, full-time Mom. I was such an excellent Mother, in fact, that my ex-husband refused to help with parenting in order to further his career, and his first two divorce petitions requested that custody remain with me.

I am an Educator in good standing.  I have never been arrested or convicted of any crime. There is no substance abuse, mental illness or any wrong-doing on my part.  Indeed, my mental health evaluation found that the extended litigation, financial abuse & separation from my child caused me harm. nadig-051915-ltrsfromcounselingcenter  There are no findings against me by Child Protective Services, nor was any report made.  However, there are DCFS findings against my ex-husband.  

There was no Evidentiary Hearing – no evidence submitted, when a hastily scrawled No Contact Order in a hastily convened “Emergency” “hearing”, that did not allow me to respond, get an attorney, present evidence, request Discovery or even speak. The means? Fraud On The Court, and hearsay brought by an outside attorney (paid for by my ex-husband) with no legal standing to appear in the case, in violation of the law.  He claimed to have “evidence”, which he “demonstrated” in a sleazy, theatrical, over-the-top Pantomime, but never actually presented.  Within fifteen minutes, I went from Mother, Primary Caretaker and Sole Custodian, to losing most of my parental rights, not even allowed to send a Christmas or Birthday Card.  This “proceeding” consisted of me standing alone, while my ex-husband and three lawyers shouted a bizarre, incoherent stream of insane insults and hearsay.  That was it.  No evidence proffered.  At all.  Months later I finally had the opportunity to view this “evidence”; a single murky cell-phone photo that had clearly been doctored.  Indeed, convicted felons have more parental rights than I did.

I believed in our American justice system and thought Judges were prudent, emotionally-balanced, scholarly people who meticulously weighed evidence and law.  But I learned it’s about gamemanship and profiteering. Perjury and false reporting, back-room deals, cronyism and corruption were expected – just “the way things work”.  Verbal and emotional abuse, and sometimes, physical intimidation, by the attorneys became customary.  The sleazier the lies the better, and more entertaining, it seemed for Judge Alfred Levinson.   

 It was shoddy, disturbing theater of the absurd and macabre. False reporting by court vendors – shrinks with ethics issues, brought late into the case by the Child Rep, when I no longer had funds for an attorney – the strategy to wipe out respected Dr. David Finn’s two custody evaluations containing findings of Pathological Parental Alienation, Domestic Violence and family exploitation against my ex-husband.  These new court vendors had been sanctioned by the State of Illinois;  the Psychologist, Dr. Daniel Fisher for similar “Multiple-Role Misconduct” Dr. Daniel Fisher’s Misconduct, With Michael Volpe, while the Psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Gamze’s controlled substance license was revoked and placed on indefinite Probation  Dr. Jonathan Gamze Misprescribing/Overprescribing Drugs.  

When I could no longer afford an attorney, I stood alone, mute, not allowed to present evidence, while Child Rep Natalie Koga and Meg Jackson, (ex-husband’s attorney #6)  stood together, insulting me, lying, and laughing, too many times to count.  They thought depriving a child of his Mother while demeaning her in public was pretty funny.  Judge Alfred Levinson allowed, and enabled this abusive behavior.  

Multiple illegal Orders were written that were impossible to comply with.  The obvious goal was to find me in Contempt of Court, with four attempts to throw me in jail.  A modern-day Kafka novel – double-bind after double-bind, nothing made sense, with intertwined lawyers and mental health vendors willing to do just about anything as long as the checks cleared, their professional codes of ethics be damned. All the while salivating over my childhood home in northwest Illinois.

The best barometer of the tone and intent of this divorce and custody case is seen in my ex’s attorney Meg Jackson’s email sent less than one day after my elderly, ill father passed away in my rural hometown – 150 miles away from Judge Levinson’s Rolling Meadows Courtroom – attempting to bully me into not attending my own father’s funeral.   The same lawyer who yelled I was a “brazen woman” for requesting family therapy covered by insurance, as I couldn’t afford $2,000/month medical expenses, and yelled  “We’re going to take her down.  We’re going to take EVERYTHING from her.”  And yet, Dr. Finn’s custody evaluation had recommended that my ex-husband be stopped from using our child to insert himself into my family.

And then there is the eye-witness account of Child Rep Natalie Koga colluding with Meg Jackson (ex’s attorney #6) to change an evaluation – to get rid of “the problem” (me, a loving Mother),  Natalie Koga Confronted With Eye-Witness To Her Corruption  and cell phone bills that show her texting with my ex while avoiding talking to me. mehdipourtexts – Reza Mehdipour August Text

This vicious legal bullying, where the destruction of innocent people is entertaining, the truth meaningless, and no matter how hard you try has anything to do with anything, is deeply traumatic and should never be allowed to happen to anyone.  Ever.  And then I understood why Chris Mackney, and so many others have been bullied to death in family court.  But I hung on, not for myself, but for my beloved child.  I will continue to be a voice calling for reform, accountability, and oversight for Guardian ad Litems, Child Representatives, Judges, and court vendors.  I will continue to speak out about the devastation of Legal Abuse, the grievous harm of Maternal Deprivation, and the epidemic of abusive fathers obtaining child custody, and the highly-lucrative abuse cottage industry.