Court Orders Mother to Return Children from Mexico to Father in Illinois

Oct 28, 2010, 08:07 ET from Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jeannie Bernstein awarded an emergency order of protection to Ricardo Quiroz requiring the mother to return their 2 minor children from Mexico to the State of Illinois. Furthermore, the judge prohibited the mother from removing the children from the State of Illinois.  Court documents allege the mother removed the children from the United States to Mexico without notice or consent of Quiroz.

The father successfully obtained this pivotal court order to recover his children through his attorneys David Pedraza and Lisa McLeod of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., (

"I spoke to my 2 boys only once since September 5th, which is the last time I saw my children. Since then, David Pedraza has not given up fighting for me and my kids," said Quiroz.

"Recovering my client's children is critical, not only to my client but to all fathers in this desperate situation. Winning difficult cases like this gives hope to disenfranchised fathers everywhere," said Pedraza.

According to the U.S. State Department, Mexico has the highest incidence of parental abductions from the U.S. There were as many as 316 cases in 2008. Of those, only 92 children were returned. This epidemic is of such concern to the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., that attorneys Jeffery Leving and James Hagler met with high-ranking state department officials to provide strategic recommendations on international child abduction cases in Mexico, Brazil and other non-compliant countries before the filing of this case.

The next court hearing is set for November 4, 2010 at 9:30 am in courtroom 401 at 50 W. Washington St. in Chicago.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Whiteside, 312-296-3666.

SOURCE Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.