The mother and child had been living with the mother’s boyfriend, an older, married man in a west suburban village since last November, minimizing the child’s contact with her father. The mother argued for the child to attend the west suburban public school, which did not have the gifted programs that the Chicago school does.
Hoping to maintain some type of normalcy in his daughter’s life and secure her ability to continue thriving in gifted classes, her father had found a new 2-bedroom home close to the Chicago school. Fearing for his relationship with his daughter and for her educational future, he sought the help of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, a team of experienced Chicago family attorneys.
With the imminent arrival of a new school year, Poole filed an emergency motion to prevent the mother from removing the child from the Chicago school and had a Chicago Circuit Court judge place a restraining order on the mother’s live-in boyfriend, disallowing his presence with the child during visitation, even in his own home.
Poole acted quickly on cross emergency petitioning and worked with the Guardian Ad Litem to expedite an emergency hearing. He requested a preliminary injunction to prevent the mother from removing the child from her Chicago school and a temporary restraining order on the live-in boyfriend.
Poole persuaded the judge this was not only an issue about the child’s best educational interests, but also a moral issue. “If this impressionable, young girl sees mommy living with a man married to another woman, what type of appreciation will she have for the sanctity of marriage?” he asks.
Due to his high-level family law experience with the Leving law group, Poole constructed such an impeccably strong case that the relieved father was rewarded sole temporary custody, while the mother was awarded limited visitation.
The father can now raise his daughter, spend quality time with her, and provide an exceptional educational experience. Further, his daughter is now protected from emotionally and psychologically confusing contact with the mother’s boyfriend.
For more information about fathers’ custody rights, visit www.dadsrights.com or contact Jennifer Whiteside at (312)293-3666.