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Fathers' Rights: Hard-Hitting and Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Leving
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<DIV>Millions of fathers are currently embroiled in the fight of their lives to win custody of their children. Wounded by the acrimony and greed that often accompany divorce proceedings, many wonder if they will ever again be an important part of their sons and daughters lives. With this landmark book, renowned men s rights attorney Jeffery M. Leving offers disenfranchised fathers true hope and meaningful advice certain to save years of anguish and possibly thousands of dollars.Drawing on more than fifteen years of frontline experience, Leving leads fathers through every twist and turn of the legal system and shows them how to protect their rights (and their children s)—both before and during divorce litigation.This authoritative and accessible book covers every aspect of the custody process, including protecting the parent/child relationship as a breakup occurs; finding a competent and sympathetic lawyer; drafting a “Shared Parenting Agreement ; demonstrating parental competence when falsely accused of abuse; avoiding parental alienation; determining when to settle and when to litigate; techniques for dealing effectively with psychologists, social workers, and other domestic relations experts; and much more.Illustrated with vivid real-life examples, Jeffery Leving and Kenneth Dachman s practical guide is essential reading for the scores of American fathers routinely excluded from their children s lives by a biased legal system in which avarice and recrimination too often overwhelm compassion and justice.</Div>


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Jeffery Leving has spent more than a decade in the trenches of domestic law. From that perspective, he gives men embroiled in custody disputes a powerful and impassioned voice in Fathers Rights. Arguing that men are disenfranchised and stigmatized by a biased legal system, Leving promises help through such difficulties as finding empathetic attorneys, avoiding unhealthy custody arrangements, protecting the child-parent relationship, and remaining financially solvent. Included is advice on how to demonstrate parental competence when falsely accused of abuse.

Writing with passion for the plight of an under-represented population in the domestic drama, Fathers' Rights offers sound, step-by-step council and a road map through the complex terrain of family law. "Too often a dangerous free-fall ensues," Leving writes, speaking of divorce's aftermath. "At every step in the divorce process, the legal system deepens marital wounds, serving up revenge and recrimination much more often than it dispenses compassion and justice." It is Leving's mission to right the wrongs caused by divorce court.

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The psychological turmoil of a divorce doesn't provide the best mental frame for a man to evaluate his options concerning his children, a situation that prompted family relations attorney Leving and psychologist Dachman to write this comprehensive guide for fathers facing divorce. The book clearly explains such legal concepts as custody and access to a child and explains how courts determine a fair level of child support. Checklists are given to help in the selection of the right attorney. Possible legal strategies are discussed for ending a case as equitably as possible and for what to do when all else fails ("Going to war"). Not simply a legal primer, Fathers' Rights also analyzes a man's stress levels and pinpoints when counseling may be required as well as ways to rebuild the relationship with a child after the divorce is final. Concise yet empathetic, it should provide real support to any man going through divorce. Brian McCombie

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anguish of Modern Fatherhood December 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Although I cannot speak for all non-custodial parents (Typically fathers), I can say that when I discovered this book during the winter of 1998, I felt that the author was almost speaking directly to me. Mr. Leving uderstands that our courts and our court-appointed visitation and custody mediators are profoundly gender biased. Prior to reading Fathers's Rights (How very few there are!), I had attended father-support groups for three years, and I had heard some real horror stories, especially concerning problems with denial of visitation. Mr. Leving acknowledges the fact that most mothers do not consider the fathers' visitation right as important-they view these rights as gifts or privileges for them to bestow at their wim. For the many fathers who have had to fight with the tenacity of a pit bull, this book speaks to them. It is further intersting to note that while our society continually decries the absence of fathers, it fails to acknowledge just how difficult it is for fathers to be granted even a modicum of visitation rights, and how equally apathetic judges are when it comes to enforcing them. Indeed, a father who stands on his rights stands on quicksand. It is my belief that if the mothers do not want the fathers in the childrens lives, than the mothers should not have chldren with the fathers. Instead, most mothers enforce the double standard. Unfortunately, Mr. Leving has no advice for the fathers who are poor and must represent themselves as Pro Se litigents. My answer was to go to the local law library and photocopy the statutes on Visitation and Child Support. I then read How To Reprensent Yourself In Court, published by Nolo Press. The modern father needs to become involved with Father Support Groups, and learn all he can about the few legal rights he has. Reading the statutes on visitation is not all that complex. It is also helpful when you do need an attorney that you know the rules of the game. Mr. Leving's book was, for me, a great place to start.
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111 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The main problem is that the book wants you in court August 19, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book would have been better if it had been called "If You're a Dad, Stay Out of Court If You Can."
With the increase in divorce and changes in way men want to be spend time with their kids as fathers, it's predictable that the number of custody cases will also rise. But little has changed in terms of gender bias. The mother still typically gets the kids, especially if they are young. After my ex took our daughter out of state when our daughter was two and remarried (her third husband), she thought I should disappear and made visitations increasingly difficult. After five years of this, I went to court thinking I could get better visitations, and, at the least, peace of mind by having he the agreement redone. Although I don't regret going to court because my ex was forced to abide by a clearer agreement, I ended up paying more in child support even though my ex made twice what I did at the time, about 15k to my attorney, and had LESS time with my daughter. (I have a Ph.D., a full time job as a prof, no criminal record, no substance abuse, etc., and I had joint custody when my ex left the state. Even though my ex taught one class a semester as a prof, she had our daughter in full time daycare, and even though she described her new husband as "abusive" both to her and to our daughter, the shrink didn't care.) In my state, the court appoints a "guardian ad litem," a shrink who reports to the court. His or her decision is basically final. You can't take hoim to court and examine him. What happens in cases of conflict, I learned later, is that the shrink always shortens the visitations. So if you are not the custodial parent and a man, the deck is really stacked against you.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sad disappointment May 3, 2000
Format:Paperback
Having helped a few male friends fight for Fathers rights when their ex's tried to pull a fast one and use the kids as a pawn in a custody fight I was disappointed that the authors did not provide KEY help, like how in the hell do some fathers who are paying thru the nose, and trying to keep their own heads above water AFFORD an attorney? I am always looking for that ONE great book I can give to men when I sense divorce is in the offing and I am sure the woman will take him for all he is worth and use the kids as the carrot to get more and more.
Sadly this wasn't the book. What we need is a few wise men who have been thru this school of hard knocks to write a co-op book that gives specifics. A book that would list non-profits and lawyers etc who give a damn about the FATHER. Simply because (contrary to popular belief) Fathers are grieving the loss of the marriage and kids and what the future holds. Fathers need a book that says "I understand I have been there and here are the ten things you NEED to do". Heck I was able to help my friends better than this book written by "professionals". Grrrrrrrrr
I had a GREAT Dad and have a GREAT husband and as the Mother of a Son even if he marrys a woman we all think is a gift, I will always want him to be educated about his rights. But for now my quest for a book that will help my males friends continues. Let me know if you know of such a book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for Father's involved in Div / Custody December 11, 2003
Format:Paperback
First let me say that I have read dozens of books on Father's rights. As someone who has been involved in a long-term divorce and custody action, I felt it was imperative to educate myself "outside of the box". What I found was that while many self-help books offer good advice and content, none have done so within the context of the American legal system. No matter what is said about good intentions, it always comes down to legal issues in conjunction with behavioral and mental issues.
This book is worth its weight in gold. Written by an attorney with vast experience in Father's rights cases, it is a no BS manual for determining your situation and finding a roadmap to its conclusion. Excellent informational content, well-written, and methodically walks the reader through the different phases, scenarios, and pitfalls of impending litigation, whether it be a simple way to craft a parenting agreement or all-out war.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book as the single best resource you can find for Father's engaged in divorce and custody issues. Real-world advice that's on target. I have engaged four different attorneys in two states in a three year cross-state litigation case involving UCCJEA, and spent 30k in fees for worthless representation until I found my current attorney. If these professionals had the cumulative experience that was documented in this book, and had they been able to trasfer that information to me in its entirety, I could have saved myself a ton of problems.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It helps to know what your lawyers won't tell you.
I bought this for my son who is currently in this battle. He has found the information to be very accurate. It helps to know what your lawyers won't tell you.
Published 7 months ago by Tim Ervin
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute necessity for father's fighting for the right to love...
I read this book back in Dec. 1998 right before my daughter was born. The first half of the book will break your heart with the realities of fathers disadvantages in parental... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Ackley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought this book for my fiancé who is a dad that lost his battle or his son, his ex wife is a mean person, I hope this book helps him
Published 11 months ago by Judith Zayas-Bazan
5.0 out of 5 stars researching rights
this was to research information on my sons rights as a father and I learned that it doesn't matter if you don't do anything with those rights
Published 13 months ago by bookish
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide for Fathers
One day I realized that my marriage was going to fail and that I needed to protect my children from their mother. I saw this book in the bookstore and read it and reread it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard Inman
1.0 out of 5 stars Book sucks and Leving sucks - not a good law firm.
Forbes calls J. Leving one of the best lawyers out there. BS.

Joint custody means the father gets to see his child(ren) for 48 hours every two weeks IF mom decides to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hooked on books
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
Purchased this for our son who's going through a divorce where he's been in an abusive marriage. This book is very insightful and provides basic and very informative, useful... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MommaD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information
My son needed accurate information regarding his rights to see his son. This book has the answers he needs to move forward.
Published 22 months ago by justme
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Scary Tactics Explained
I found Mr. Leving's book to provide a fascinating look into the strategies used by fathers' rights attorneys but I am left to wonder if Mr. Leving resents women personally? Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Janelle Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic help
I was specting more information and more details from this author. Seems like no one can really take the guts to talk open about it. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by vittoffo
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Jeffery M. Leving has been named one of "America's Best Lawyers" by Forbes Radio™ and selected by his peers as one of Illinois' top attorneys. He is the acclaimed author of three ground-breaking books, Fathers' Rights, Divorce Wars, and How to Be a Good Divorced Dad, a new book that received an endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago and praise from President Barack Obama.

Jeffery Leving received his Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1979. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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