Chicago, Illinois – On Thursday, December 12, 2013 an Illinois Court awarded a disabled Chicago father his first ever Christmas Holiday visitation with his sixteen-year-old daughter. For the first time in her life, this little girl was able to be with her dad on Christmas.
This single dad grew up in the inner city, and is permanently disabled and paralyzed from the waist down as the crime victim of a horrific shooting in Chicago. Following years of hard work and rehabilitation, he has turned his life around. However, despite making significant physical strides – he had given up hope of ever having a relationship with his daughter, but had never given up loving her. He and his child’s mother had split up years ago, and his daughter’s mother refused to let him see his own child, thwarting his own daughter’s efforts to contact him.
Seeking to reunite with his daughter, the Chicago man decided to take action and retained our Chicago matrimonial law firm to secure his legal custody and visitation rights in court.
Earlier this month, the Chicago dad was victorious. An Illinois Court awarded him, for the first time ever, Christmas parenting time with his daughter.
“When I saw the tears in his eyes and I felt the joy in his heart realizing that he would spend Christmas for the first time with his little girl, I knew we had accomplished something really special for this father and his daughter,” noted Anthony D’Agostino, one of our attorneys working on this case. “I am proud to be part of the team at the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving where we can make dreams come true and accomplish wonderful things for fathers.”
Victories such as these are a heartwarming reminder of why I have dedicated much of my legal career striving to reunite fathers with their children, especially those facing challenging and difficult circumstances.
After years of struggle and separation, this Chicago father and daughter received the best present of all – spending Christmas together.