An Ohio Attorney Who Proudly Profits off of the Decimation of Children’s Lives

I do not consider myself the “Legal Police”, nor do I have the time to address every questionable website (advertising lawyers and their firms) that “cross the line” in their attempts to attract business from unsuspecting persons. That said, I have contacted less than five attorneys in the past year to express my discontent in how they advertise their services.

Below, is a copy of an email I recently sent to an Ohio attorney whose website I found particularly misleading and offensive.

On a different note, and as a follow-up, I am happy to report that the attorney I blogged about here, was kind and caring enough to reword his website so as to address my concerns.

There are true fathers rights attorneys who actually care about the well-being of fathers and that of their children, and I am incredibly grateful for them. On the other hand, there are those who shamelessly profit off of the destruction inflicted upon the lives of fathers and those of their children they so dearly love. It is those types of attorneys that I have nothing but utter contempt for.
August 26, 2008
Mr. Dxxxxxx,

I find your website to be both sickening and appalling. Do you pride
yourself in profiting off of the destruction of many Ohio fathers
lives by having their child support orders increased while they
themselves live in poverty and cannot afford basic necessities?

Is it funny to you when fathers have up to 65% of their monthly income
seized for “child support”, while they themselves are left with almost
nothing to support themselves, or even worse, their child support
payments support the custodial parents drug and or alcohol addiction?

Counselor, I myself am not an attorney. However, I have been involved
in more cases in the family courts than have many attorneys. That
said, I’m well-versed in what actually transpires in Ohio’s Family
Courts, despite the statutory claims you make.

You claim, “Child support is meant to ensure that children of the
divorce continue with the same standard of living they enjoyed before
the divorce.” Is that so counselor? Please explain to me how a child
can continue the “same standard of living” after many fathers have
been driven to bankruptcy, homelessness, and in some case suicide, as
a direct result of being burdened with a support obligation that was
not only unwarranted and unjust, but financially unsustainable as
well. Many fathers live without heat in the winter, go without food,
and are routinely caught in a cycle of utility disconnects. Does this affect a child’s
“standard of living” who “visits” their father?

You also state, “When circumstances change, such as the loss of a job, a promotion, an
inheritance, extreme medical or education expenses, xxxxxx family law attorney xxxxxxxx
xxxxxxx is successful at obtaining child support modifications.” Have any of your clients
ever been declared “voluntarily underemployed” by the courts, and therefore had income
imputed following a Motion to Modify?

That said, your website contains many misleading statements such
as, “Other times, parents find themselves in a financial bind and have
a hard time meeting their child support obligation. Should you find
yourself in one of these situations, you should immediately contact a
family law attorney. An experienced family law lawyer will help you
ensure your child support obligation is at a manageable level.”

An “experienced” family law attorney can no more have a unbearable
child support order lowered by filing a Motion to Modify, than can the
man on the moon counselor. Are you willing to offer a money-back
guarantee?

Day in and day out I witness actions whereby innocent children are
forced to pay for the hateful vindictiveness of custodial parents, and
it absolutely repulses me. There exists only one other thing that
repulses me more, and that’s a shameless attorney who proudly profits off of the
unwarranted and wanton decimation that’s hatefully forced into their lives.

I’m without the necessary time to “police” the websites of attorneys. However, when I
happen across one such as yours, one that’s replete with patently misleading statements,
I feel obligated to act.

Statements whereby through various misrepresentations on their website, an attorney can
obtain business under the false pretense that by simply retaining
them, one can have their child support obligation lowered.

“If you think your circumstances are different than most peoples, it
is important to contact an experienced family law attorney to
determine whether your situation would allow a deviance from the child
support guidelines.” Mr. Dxxxxxx, deviations are at the complete discretion of the court.
Hence, the word “may” rather than “shall” in the statutes.

Please consider rewording the misleading statements on your
website. Moreover, I will be posting a copy of this email on our blog (minus any
identifiable information) and welcome your rebuttal.

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Fantetti
Ohio Council for Fathers Rights
Email: tony.fantetti(at)ocffr(dot)org

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On a different note, and as a follow-up, I am happy to report that the attorney I blogged about here, was kind and caring enough to reword his website so as to address my concerns.

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