Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Wins Tough Father’s Custody Rights Appeal With Important Legal Impact

Published on February 1st, 2013


Attorney Andrey Filipowicz

Attorney Andrey Filipowicz



CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – On December 20th, the Illinois Appellate Court issued an order upholding the decision of Judge Chickris of the 14th Judicial Circuit to award an Alsip father residential custody of his three-year-old son.

Attorney Andrey Filipowicz of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving successfully argued the father’s case, laying claim to another critical success in a two-year battle. Broder v. Giba has been an unusual case in Illinois family law, with the Court taking the extraordinary step of keeping part of the record impounded and from public view.

The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving also represented the father in the original trial, which the father also won.

After reviewing the legal briefs presented by Filipowicz and the mother’s attorney as well as the evidence from the trial stage, the Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s finding that the father was the most stable and responsible of the two parents, and the most willing to foster a continuing relationship between the child and the other parent.

The Court found that the mother had deliberately skewed her presentation of certain events in order to harm the father’s right to custody.

“The Appellate Court has wisely decided that even in the case of a very young child, a loving father and caring father is on an equal footing in a custody case,” says Filipowicz, who has over twenty-five years of experience advocating for fathers and children. “This case goes a long way in dispelling the myth that custody of a young child will automatically be awarded to a mother.”

The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving is nationally renowned for its advocacy on behalf of fathers. The firm’s founder, Mr. Leving, is the author of the influential books, How to Be a Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent You Can be Before, During, and After the Break-Up, Divorce Wars: A Field Guide to the Winning Tactics, Preemptive Strikes, and Top Maneuvers When Divorce Gets Ugly and Fathers’ Rights: Hard-Hitting & Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute. In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Mr. Leving the National Lifetime Call to Service Award.

Andrey Filipowicz, a leading litigator at the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, has been honored by the NationalCenter for Missing & Exploited Children “in recognition and appreciation for outstanding commitment to the protection of children and the knowledge of the Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction.” He was also invited by the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships as an expert resource in the First Annual White House Town Hall Meeting on Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families.

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