I’m looking at developing a “Pro Se” class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Federal Court regarding repeated violations of the 14th Amendment of our U.S. Constitution. It’s my belief the court system wont know how to handle hundreds of fathers representing themselves in one case. It will also bring about public recognition that the state of Iowa can not afford but our legislators’ lack of action has left us little choice.
Please respond and let me know if you are interested in participating. I look forward to hearing from you and will get out the details once they are finalized for those participating!
we must do something in order to be heard
Exactly! I think this approach will catch them off guard.
Excellent! We need support groups in every major market in Iowa. I know that B.J. Smith is looking into establishing a meeting place in Cedar Rapids and I will also post any information I find out.
I'd like to have a father support group available in every major market in Iowa. I believe there is a dire need and that people will travel a little distance for support and advocacy. However, the success is dependent upon father involvement and commitment.
We should also include the DHS in this type of suit. Because as most of us know they have no problem with "Intent to cause emotional distress" and it is usually aimed at fathers who have been accused but they can't manufacture enough evidence against. Also they have no problem crushing Constitutional rights under foot or tap-dancing on the Bill Of Rights. And they are immune to civil law suits, supposedly. But if they are named in a suit against the state of Iowa as a co-defendant this might side step their supposed immunity. What do you all think???
It's long about time for a class action suit. also has anyone tried the cuel an unsual punnishment approach. I'd say its pretty cruel to take someones child away then make them pay for it. esp. since we didn't even do anything wrong in the first place.
IowaFathers.com is trying to get members to list their cases on the Message Board under "District Court Judges and Rulings (New 4-28-05) - Accountability Starts Here." It will not happen over night, but eventually we will show a pattern of continued denial of non-custodial parental rights by the legal system. When this happens, I will notify members and give them the chance to join in the class action case. We stated documenting in April and slowly but surely we have added cases.
Currently, IowaFathers.com is in the process of going over the statistics of HF22 before and after the law was established with the Governor's Office. Why you ask? Governor Vilsack and IowaFathers.com wants to strengthen the relationship a child has with non-custodial parents and it is quickly becoming aperrant the judges are disregarding 598.41 as listed below. Due to the quick results of the evidence, several legislators are taking notice and I'm positive a Bill will be submitted this coming session to modify 598.41 removing judicial opinion or bias towards awarding joint physical placement.
Click here to read an article written by "Equal Parenting Group" in British Columbia, about Iowa and HF22. More specifically, how it was change from its original format so judicial opinion or bias could continue.
Ken Richards setup a meeting a few weeks ago between IowaFathers.com, Children Need Both Parents, and Fathers' for Equal Rights and we decided to combine efforts to change 598.41. When the time comes, we need members to lobby in Des Moines this year! I will post the proposed changes once this has been finalized.
Current Law States:
Let's Roll... many of us are already "at the plate"... and have had it with custodial parents that are barely in the ballpark.
You can count me in. Just name the date and I will be there with my fiance
I'm new here. It looks as though my husband will have to start a lawsuit. His ex denied him the right to even see his daughter from April-Sept of this year. Towards the end of last month she finally gave in and allowed him to see his daughter, once a week from 9am-5pm. After five months of his now two year old not seeing him she still remembered, ran up to him for a hug and said, "Daddy!" He was so happy, but now his ex called today and said that her lawyer advised her to not let my husband take his daughter anywhere. So, if he wants to see his child he needs to call the ex, make sure both of her parents are home (she has no job she quit the last one "Because it was too childish", and lives with her parents at the age of thirty, getting what she can from the government). Anywho, if they are all there and agree to him coming over, he can for a few hours as they supervise him with his child. He's never been in trouble with the law, has never drinked nor smoked in his life, never threatened to take his child away, or abuse her or the mother. Never done anything bad to deserve this. And yet all she has done is lie to my husband about everything. At conception they were living together in California, she purposely went off The Pill without telling him, they soon broke up. Seven months later he gets a call from his ex saying she was seven months along and that it was his, and that she had moved in with her mommy in Iowa. So he prepares to move out here to help raise his child, then a month later he gets a call from her parents saying she went into labor a month early and had a baby girl. When he got here they had paperwork ready for him to sign so he'd be on the birth certificate. He filled it all out, said they'd take care of it, then purposely didn't turn it in and lied to him about it for the next year and a half. And it's been nothing but hell for him since. His daughter is underdeveloped for her age or so her doctor says, does nothing but sit in front of the tv. His ex claims she is "making an effort to play with her once a day." It's not that she's physically abusive, just neglectful, only seeing her daughter as a cuddly toy who will always love her and never leave her, instead of as a child with needs.
Anyhow, what I wanted to get to is that he'd love primary care or joint physical custody. Yet him and I are concerned whether he even stands a chance, given he's the father, not the mother. His lawyer sounded doubtful, saying that the courts typically favor primary care to the mother even when it is painfully obvious its best for the child to be with the father.
I guess he and I feel in a rut, without much hope. Does anyone know if this law regarding joint physical custody actually stands in court. We live in Marion, she in Anamosa. It's a half hour drive, as it would say if she were on the Southwest side of cedar rapids. Could the distance affect this?
Welcome to IowaFathers.com. Do you currently have a visitation schedule established through the court? If so, and your husband is being denied visitation, he can file a "Contempt of Court" action. If he does not have a visitation schedule established, he needs to get one established immediately along with joint legal custody and request a hearing to determine physical placement.
Joint Physical Placement is a good law but unfortunately many judges are ignoring it. The distance could potentially pose a problem but perhaps you and your husband would be willing to move within the same school district if granted? Make sure your attorney understands your wishes and remember, your attorney works for you! The Court of Appeals has already overturned a few rulings where judges did not grant Joint Physical Placement.
I too would like to welcome Lindseylu47 to Iowafathers and good suggestion Bryan. One comment that was said and overlooked is that the mother gave birth she was not held accountable to place the fathers name on the birth certificate right away This is a reoccurring theme and for years the system has been holding fathers accountable and has a double standard for the rest of the system. This is the time to stand up and show the fatalities of the system and with everyone's help change this ill gotten stain on society.
thanks again bj
My husband and his ex were never married and have nothing worked out legally regarding custody or visitation. He's been talking with folks from the Child Support Recovery Unit so child support will start soon, they also said they'd put his name on the birth certificate. We don't really have a favorable opinion of them to date.
His ex told him a while back that her step-father, whom she resides with, was accused of sexual molestation by his daughter. We don't know if he's ever been convicted, I assume not because he's not on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, but either way it's extremely discomforting knowning that my step-daughter is living with this man. Does anyone know how to obtain more info regarding this? Or if it is even worth bringing up.
My husband meets with his lawyer tomorrow morning so hopefully something will become of this mess, even if it's just baby steps towards a resolution. I just know that him not seeing his child is breaking his spirit.
This doesn't pertain to this thread, so I'll post it elsewhere as well.
Anywho, has anyone tried mediation? If so, how'd it go? Was it worth it?
Mediation works for some and it doesn't for others. You can always try it and see how it goes.
lindseylu47 One of the most upsetting and controversial issue facing parents and Lawmakers is the issue of child molestation.If you Have Checked on the Iowa Sex offenders Registry and This Persons name is not on it ,Then the
allegations of sexual abuse were probably never files or don't really exist.
Even when people from other states move to Iowa they are required to register. Sorry this isn't much comfort but comfort may be taken if you know that his former told you and is probably keeping and eye on the situation,
and if something does happen in the future (lord Forbid) she could be held accountable for knowing and not doing something to prevent it.
IowaFathers.com is joining 37 states in filing a class action law suit against each individual county within Iowa. We really need member involvement from each county to make this successful. We are also looking for a County Leader for each county who will serve as a contact for that county.
Please visit the IowaFathers.com Class Action Center by clicking on the following link: http://iowafathers.com/blog2006/?page_id=2
UPDATE: 05/25/07 Did you see the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)?
Learn more about the county classactions via this link:
Again, if you haven't yet, please review the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. It covers virtually everything, like the structure of the legal team, comparisons between the older state-based lawsuits versus the new county-based classactions, eligibility requirements, the paperwork process, and every other who, where, when, how, and why that would come to most people's minds.
Click your state link to access your county/city group and team leader:
I signed up some time ago and haven't heard squat from anyone on this. Why don't we just do our own case here in Iowa? Lord knows we have one of the bigger movements in the nation here.
We are working with leaders and lawyers nationwide on the Complaint.
I understand that, but they sure aren't moving very fast. Is that clock counting down the amout of time before they file these suits? What about counties that don't have the pre-requisite # of people? I haven't heard anything from our county leader. It sounds like a huge carrot that looks tempting, but isn't really attainable. Still, why couldn't we do something state wide here with our organization so that we are in control of it and call the shots?
Actually we are. Once the Complaint is finalized, it will be modified so it is Iowa specific. We are at a disadvantage because most states only have a 1/3 of the counties and are more populated.
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