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Lisa Nadig, Michael Volpe & Doreen Ludwig discuss corruption in her “family” law case in Cook County Chicago
“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.
Ever wondered what family court corruption in Rolling Meadows Cook County Illinois really looks like? Natalie Koga didn’t even bother with a pretense of impartiality and professionalism in Judge Alfred Levinson’s Rolling Meadows Cook County courtroom. She promoted my ex-husband’s onslaught of eight petitions for sole custody, and countless other harassing motions, an abusive litigation-vortex. This vicious legal bullying lasted more than six years. She entered and exited Judge Levinson’s courtroom with every single one of my ex-husband’s six attorneys and sat next to them. She lied to the court at nearly every court appearance, much of it on the record. While texting with my ex-husband per cell phone bills, she avoided talking with or meeting with me.
Letter from my former counsel Karen Conti to Natalie Koga, Child Representative, dated August 23, 2013, confronts her with eye-witness to her collusion with opposing counsel.
Although I have just recently become involved in this case, I am concerned with some of your actions which I have witnessed and of which I have become aware.
First, at the last court appearance, my friend was sitting on a bench outside the courtroom and overheard you speaking to Meg Jackson (Father’s) attorney. You obviously did not know he was my friend. You and Meg Jackson were actively engaged in joining forces against my client and making comments about getting Dr. Goldstein, (Father’s Hired Gun Psychologist) involved to ‘help out’ the problem; the problem being Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour’s desire to be a mother to her child. Your disparagement of me personally was also noted which is unprofessional and petty.
Despite the 604(b) evaluator’s two reports finding that (Father) is an alienator and that (Mother) should have sole custody, you have ignored these facts and blindly advocated that (minor child) spend as little time as possible with his mother. At trial, you vigorously fought Dr. Finn’s recommendations. Bizarrely, in court you advocated that (minor child) be put into “after school” care rather than be allowed to have the option to walk the four blocks to spend time with his mother. Even after Judge Levinson ordered that (Minor Child) attend (High School), and (Father) attempted to sabotage his enrollment, you did not advocate for actions necessary for him to attend school there. On August 22, (minor child) refused to leave the (public library) to come home with his Mother and said “Stay away from me. You are not allowed to be with me. I have spoken with my attorney.” If you did, in fact, advise (Minor Child) of that, you have violated all ethical duties as a child representative and attorney. Why haven’t you been involved in resolving this problem and encouraging your client that it is better to spend three hours after school at his mother’s house than sitting in a public library?
My client advises me of the following additional facts:
You have encouraged (Minor Child) to call you whenever he disagrees with what his mother says or when he does not get his way and then you refuse to communicate with Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour despite the fact that she is the legal custodian. By doing this, you are encouraging disrespect of parental boundaries and assisting in the alienation that has already been established by Dr. Finn. Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour has repeatedly asked for a more orderly means of communication but you have refused to respond.
Dr. Hummel noted that you crossed professional boundaries at (Hospital) interfering with (Minor Child’s) (medical) care. In August, 2011, you engaged in wildly inappropriate physical contact with (Minor Child) by forcing him to hug you.
Since September, 2010, you have refused to communicate with Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour, who has historically been the primary caretaker and the sole legal custodian. The vast majority of conferences and telephone calls with (minor child) have occurred only when he was with Mr. Mehdipour.
At Ms. Nadig’Mehdipour’s request, you interviewed Dr. Naila Wilcox-Avery, and Dr. Rodney Avery. who told you that they had concerns that (Father) was physically abusing (Minor Child) and coaching him to make false abuse allegations against Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour. Those doctors have reported that your refused to listen to their concerns.
You have been disrespectful and rude to (Mother) in the presence of (Minor child) and have attempted to interfere with (Minor Child’s) medical treatment by telling him, “Your mom shouldn’t take you for these assessments.” You told (Minor Child) “I’ll yell at your mom and make her a better mom to you.“
You failed to communicate with therapist Stephanie Simpson for 11 months even though Ms. Simpson attempted to contact you repeatedly. Rather than speaking to Ms. Simpson., you filed a Rule To Show Cause against Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour.
I have not seen you once make a negative comment about (Father) despite findings that he is abusive, an alienator, and a parent who sabotages his child’s education. Strangely, you have nothing but negative things to say about Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour. While I have not always agreed with GALS and Child Representatives, I have never seen one who is so actively opposed to one parent’s involvement in parenting, despite her having sole custody.
I am told that you are not being paid. It defies logic that you are still so actively and aggressively involved despite this fact. Please assure me as an officer of the Court that neither (Father) nor anyone else on his behalf is paying you. Also, assure me that you are not going to use your offices to contact (Minor Child’s) high school and poison them against Ms. Nadig-Mehdipour. I do not see that you have any reason to contact them. You are not a parent and have no business asserting your will into this family’s issues.