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1. Class Action Information - 06-16-05
Statement | Mr. Torm L. Howse, President,
Indiana Civil Rights Council
From: Stephen Patrick <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 09:31:08 -0700
From: Stephen Patrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Class Action Information
- 06-16-05 Statement | Mr. Torm L.
Howse, President, Indiana Civil Rights
Indiana Civil Rights Council <email@example.com>
wrote: From: "Indiana Civil Rights
To: "Stephen Patrick" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin
| ~ Can someone help this individual
who is in the 7th Circuit?
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 20:51:30 -0500
Thanks for your continued interest!
As you can imagine, we are swamped
with emails daily, asking various
questions about the 40+ class action
lawsuits filed on behalf of the estimated
25 million or more noncustodial parents
nationwide. Therefore, we are forced
to use this auto-reply, and ask you
to understand if we are not personally
able to respond to your important
email. We know there are horror stories
literally everywhere, and that's just
another reason why we filed these
No matter what, strength usually comes
from numbers, not "do-it-yourself"...
You might find more immediate help
with your own personal cases by contacting
people and organizations listed for
your state on this page:
***COMING AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE:
- Get your OWN Petition for Modification
of Custody (demanding the court to
correct your case to full, joint legal
& physical custody of your child[ren]).
These are for YOU to file directly
into YOUR OWN custody case, in your
own county court, and are based heavily
upon some of the very same constitutional
rights stuff used in the classaction
lawsuits, and more legal authority
amassed since the original classaction
filings. Since your county court *took*
jurisdiction of a custody case over
you (which in itself is actually illegal
sometimes...), they cannot - repeat,
CANNOT - wiggle their way out of ruling
on the merits of the constitutional
challenge itself, like several of
the federal court judges have tried
to do so far... In a nutshell, this
means that, by filing your own Petition,
you will force the local county judge
to make a ruling on your constitutional
right to be (remain) a parent... a
FULL parent, with all the *equal*
rights and responsibilities that are,
and already were, YOURS to begin with.
- Get your OWN Motion for Automatic
Change of Judge. Although designed
for Indiana noncustodial parents,
many other states have this same right
to an automatic change of judge under
certain circumstances, especially
in conjunction with a petition for
major change of custody. Contact your
state coordinator or local online
group for more details of this general
right in certain situations.
- Get your OWN Petition to Correct
Child Support in Accordance With Law.
Most child support orders in this
country are in violation of both state
and federal law, and legally (the
*real* legally...), they cannot -
repeat, CANNOT - be enforced... at
all. This means, to you, that most
or all of the child support amounts
ordered so far, including any arrearages,
may be made legally null and void
- as a matter of law. Beyond that,
there are also several legal ways
to have child support corrected (way
down...) to a more realistic and much
more reasonable amount - again, under
the *real* law.
- Get your OWN complaint package for
suing the ex, her/his attorney, and
certain others (like a GAL, etc.)
for damages ($$$) for unlawfully interfering
with your visitation and/or custody
rights to your children.
- Also, get samples for filing contempts,
- A new style federal class action
complaint is starting to be used in
some states, which adds the state
Governor, Attorney General, and Chief
Justice as additional defendants,
due to their various duties and responsibilities,
under their OWN state's law and/or
state constitution, to PROTECT your
legal rights (i.e., including your
constitutional right to be and remain
a full parent to your child[ren]),
and/or to ENFORCE that the law(s)
is/are followed. Get the picture?
- Another federal class action is
under development even now, and almost
in completion. The defendants in these
suits are actually the family law
attorneys and judges themselves (NO!,
do NOT believe that judges are *always*
immune... it's simply NOT true, under
the *real* law!). In a nutshell, family
law attorneys and judges have violated
their SWORN OATHS to uphold and support
the United States Constitution, as
in your parental rights, and this
boils down to either willful and/or
reckless failure and/or negligence
- any of which makes them liable under
the law for the damages to your constitutional
rights, and removes any immunity for
judges, since they cannot act outside
the law... Get the picture?
- HOW TO FIND AND CONTACT **ALL**
OTHER NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS, to grow
more support and action in your area...
Using the power of the FOIA (Freedom
Of Information Act), and a template
request provided, people in each state
(or even each county) should be filing
these - immediately - with the child
support collection agencies (again,
either state-based or county-based,
depending upon your state's structure).
Because they want to, and are also
required to under law, have the various
information on child support "obligors"
(noncustodial parents), a simple FOIA
request will generate contact information
for MOST noncustodial parents in your
county/state, including last known
addresses and last known phone numbers...
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!
- For more information on the above,
and any new developments, including
when/where to download these, please
consider staying informed, by joining
the online IndianaCRC email group:
If you go to the above website, and
join as a member, you can access the
Being a potential ("proposed")
plaintiff of the classaction in your
jurisdictional state is rather automatic.
Please see the class description located
within the orange/yellow popup box
that is on any page of our website
(http://www.indianacrc.org), or click
the top-green-line link to force a
separate pop-up page, if you have
Windows XP or some other pop-up blocker
software in use.
BUT!! In many of the state class actions,
you can file simple papers to get
OFFICIALLY involved as a full, bona-fide
co-plaintiff (as opposed to just a
"proposed plaintiff" under
a "proposed class"). Please
contact your state's coordinator to
check on getting a copy of this paperwork.
There is no cost for this opportunity,
except printing and mailing. Not every
state's class action lawsuit is "active"
at the moment, so, again, check with
your state coordinator to be sure.
Also, please contact your own state's
coordinator directly for more detailed
information on your own state's general
progress, other contacts, or for how
you can get involved in other ways.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, you know... You
can see the contact information for
your own state coordinator by clicking
the appropriate link on this page:
More information on each state's class
action can now also be found here:
If you happen to have direct involvement
with the State of Indiana, whether
that is your current state of residence,
or that your personal custody case
is under an Indiana court, please
re-visit our website, and automatically
join the action alert group email
list, by clicking on the "Join
Email Group" button located on
the left side of any webpage there.
This will lead you to a Yahoo Group
open discussion area at:
***There is particular interest in
the Indiana counties of Hendricks,
Madison, Boone, and Carroll - if any
one of these is YOUR county of battleground,
put the county name in your email
subject line, and we will make special
effort to get back with you shortly***
There is a growing list of useful
attorneys that you may wish to contact
Please note that at this national
coordination center, we just simply
do not have the amount of extra time
necessary to investigate or litigate
any individual cases, much as we would
like to do... Thank you for understanding.
For those custodial parents who are
concerned about abusive ex-partners,
please note that the specific design
and language of these lawsuits is
*NOT* to help any parents who have
been already proven with abuse or
neglect towards any children, but
only the other vast majority of fit
noncustodial parents who otherwise
have an inherent right to equal time,
custody, care, and management of the
same children that you love as well.
For parents who have not seen their
children for more than 30 days, the
plan is to provide a "probationary
period" of monitored, progressive
parenting time exchanges, which, upon
successful completion, will also entitle
such actively responsible "noncustodial"
parents to the same benefits and rights
as those who currently enjoy ongoing
relationships with their children.
Also note that the plan includes harsh
penalties against a custodial parent
who refuses to allow such an opportunity.
You may review the above proposed
[visitation/custody restoration] plan
There is a wealth of other material
online at our main website (http://www.indianacrc.org),
and generally more at each state's
individual main website. Please take
a few moments to explore our main
website in more detail, as there are
several pages of great information
that may be helpful to you and yours...
Lastly, if you feel led in any way
to donate even a small amount to the
cause, we would certainly appreciate
that, as finances are actually needed
to help defray even just the basic
costs of continuing the fight of righteousness
and truth for us and our children.
Please click the "PayPal"
button at the top-right of any page
on our website, which allows securely
made donations via several methods
for your convenience. You don't have
to "join" PayPal just to
make donations or purchases on the
Internet, and you can use any bank
account or credit or debit card...
Mr. Torm L. Howse
President, Indiana Civil Rights Council