Stunning video of Caleb Leverett Parker refusing his mother
When children/teens decide to disobey. The child is
dependent on the message that each parent sends to
that child on what is acceptable and what is not.
How many have watched the video posted by Caleb Leverett called "14 year old Parker stands up for his rights"? One million viewers! And it appears that most of them are siding with the 14-year-old! And agreeing with this father's actions!
But how many actually have thought this through? How many feel sorry for Parker? What kind of message do you think that this sends to the legislators and the judges and attorneys when you side with a 14 year old choosing one parent over the other? Wouldn't this make the legislators feel like they have been giving you exactly what you want, laws that allow the judges and attorneys to use the child based on the child's preference?
Are you telling the legislators that if a child throws a fit and refuses to go back to the parent that has the scheduled parenting time, that everyone should give in to that, let's call it what it is, as I have to agree with this mother, it's a temper tantrum being supported by the other parent.
It's clear that this method of sitting in front of the house and the father claiming that he is helpless, that it's all his child, that he has nothing to do with this, is utterly absurd. If he has no authority over his son then he has no business claiming that he can parent. And how many fathers have suffered because the mother has pulled the same stunt in their case?
What would he do if his son one day refused to go to school or refused to follow the speed limit laws when he starts to drive, or refused to follow the laws and decided to drink or smoke! Would the father idly sit there and claim that there was nothing he could do?! Of course not and they are usually the first ones to try and say that this is different, right? WRONG
While Parker seems like a likable kid and respectful young man, he is still a minor, and it is not good parenting on the father's part to sit there and claim that he plays no role or responsibility in Parker's actions; and puts this all on his son to make up for an order that he, the father, doesn't like. Recruiting your children to do your battle is never a good idea and is harmful to the child and to the power and authority of both parents! This is damaging and creates insecurities in children and teens. Regardless of how it might appear here on the surface, it is not a supportive act that should be cheered and encouraged. This practice should be abolished and prohibited with either mother or father. NO parent, regardless of gender, should use their children in this way. Yet so many people don't see it for what it is. They think that the father is just being supportive of his son and doing what is right for his son, and sending the wrong message to legislators and judges and attorneys. You are sending the message that you want them to keep using the children and tearing their lives apart by ordering one parent out of their lives by depriving one of the parents their ability to continue to parent their child in the manner that they see fit.
And if you think that Parker is being abused and is trapped, then you don't know much about 14 year olds. Most teens don't like to be disciplined and when they are, if there is someone they think will side with them and get them out of the discipline, don't you think they will! And if there was real abuse going on, surely he knows how to report that through the proper channels as well.
We don't allow children to vote, sign contracts, smoke or drink, but we somehow think they are wise enough to determine who should parent them and how they should be parented? So if you have an order that protects your time with your children, this should just be ignored when the child decides they want to change the orders? Why even get orders in the first place then? Why spend all that money? Why not just let the children run their own lives?
That's what you are essentially doing here when you let a child be used to do the dirty work of one of their parents! Then all the other parent has to do is stand back and say they are innocent, it's the child's wishes, etc., and not have to spend the money to go to court, right? Would this same parent be doing the very same thing if the table was turned and his son was against him and refusing to go with him during his parenting time? If you asked them while the child was siding with them, they would say they would let the child go where the child chose, right. Sure that's why we have so many parents hurt and upset and airing grievances every day in every state, and that voice is growing and the pain and damage is mounting.
Ask yourself, if they were married would we allow the child to make this kind of decision? Does this mean that we have a deep-seated bias and prejudice against divorced parents? Do we treat divorced parents equally, or is it simply okay in our society to discriminate against divorced parents?
So now think about your initial reaction. Did you side with Parker at first? Did you catch yourself and ask yourself what would be the underlying message that you would be sending to the legislators? What is it that you are telling them that you really want if you side with Parker? Was your reaction indicative of how you really want the courts to respond? Are you contradicting yourself and confusing the legislators? It's no wonder the legislators think that they have passed laws that reflect the voice of the people and have been letting the judge use the children, order all kinds of expensive studies, etc. All in the name of doing what you've told them to do, to base their decision on the wishes of the child, right?
Have you ever been alienated and wondered why the courts were listening to your children when the children were just an extension of the other parent's voice? Have you been in the position where your children were siding with the other parent and everyone swore, including the other parent, that no one was influencing the children?
There are many influences over children and they aren't all verbal. We know that parents influence their children in many ways. So my question is why is this father choosing not to parent his son in a manner that teaches him to respect both of his parents? It is not required under the law for both or either parent to be likable or liked by everyone or anyone for that matter. And that's a good thing because that's what allows parents to make unpopular decisions with their children and not feel like any stranger could just walk up and rip your child from you at any given moment that your child says they no longer want to be with you. "Shame on you for throwing that toy in the trash or for not allowing that teenager to have a friend stay over night, or play their ex-box all night, or for the stepparent disciplining the child, or for the parent parenting the child."
As long as parents are acting within the law, applying parenting rules differently based on individual bias and personal beliefs would put a huge "chilling effect" on parenting throughout this country. So siding with the child here rather than requiring that the father go through the proper channels to change orders or to prosecute someone for child abuse properly just keeps all of the divorced parents in the same quandary that they have been in for over the last 200 years!
Why encourage and perpetuate the bad practice of picking on parenting style differences or parenting styles that you don't favor? It could happen to you!
Why not do what is healthy for the child and be a parent that influences their child to spend their time with each parent as equally as possible, and let the child know that when they turn 18 then they can make those choices if they still feel the same way? Why not teach the child how to learn to cope with different parenting styles and develop respect for each of their parents? Just as they have to adjust to different teachers and teaching styles throughout their education. And different bosses and people that they'll work with over the years throughout their lifetime.
So the next time you find yourself holding an order in your hand that you thought would protect you, only to find out that it is absolutely worthless, that you spent maybe even over $100,000.00 to get, but doesn't seem to be worth the cost of the paper it's printed on now, you can remember that you sided with kids like Parker. Are you authorizing the bias and prejudice directed at you, a fit parent, simply because you are in a divorce or divorced?
You say that's not what you want, that you want the courts to respect and protect your fundamental parental rights, yet, here you are cheering on this teenage boy for the very civil disobedience that you complain about in your own case and in fact paid a pretty penny to prevent, or so you thought would prevent! Here you are cheering on Parker, while you claim to want to prevent children being used in their parent's fights? How is this different from supporting those bigots who fought to keep women and blacks down?
Caleb calls this video his son's "rights." Really? It's the child's right to break court orders? What type of respect is Parker learning for the law and authority? Would Parker have done this if his father hadn't supported it? What if Caleb had told him to behave and do as he was told?
It's fine for the father to teach his child "civil disobedience." This certainly isn't the way to teach a child civil disobedience however! What this father is teaching his son here is not a good value. Civil disobedience is based on good values and should not be used to teach your child to disrespect one of their fit and loving parents. And if one of the parents feel that the other parent is not fit, then they should take that up through the proper channels to prove that and not go to the court of public opinion and manipulate that public opinion. The value being taught here is that it is okay to bully a parent if that parent is divorced.
I would think that Parker might be having less stress in his life and could focus on being a kid and being happy with both of his parents if he weren't being manipulated into this. It's a good thing that married parents aren't put to this teenage test! For if they were, we might as well have children running the world. There have been many times that my teenagers decide they don't like something one day and then the next day or week it's like they got over it and moved on to something else or some other endeavor.
If you don't allow a child to test their boundaries and assure them that the security and structure and schedule that both parents have put in place for that child will remain, the child is left without that assurance and worse, is left without the guidance and security in knowing that both parents have power and authority over them. Instead the child is taught that they can help one of their parent's undermine orders and be used by that parent as their soldier in an effort to take the child from the other.
The divorce courts are depriving our children of this security and stability by giving in to teenage temper tantrums. The divorce courts are forcing divorced parents to give up on actually parenting their children and instead to placate them. What kind of world are these divorce court judges creating? what kind of horrible social experiment are these divorce court judges submitting our children to?
I find this video a shame and a refusal on the father's part to parent appropriately and to teach his son to respect authority appropriately. And if you claim that the mother is abusive, I suggest that you look for additional evidence on this. You might be shocked one day if that same lowered bar of abuse is turned onto you. Do we act like Nazis then and condemn people on baseless accusations. Do we send divorced parents to the gulag because the other parent slanders them? Perhaps it is okay because they are divorced and are therefore second class parents under the law?
So I ask you again, was your initial reaction really the message that you wanted to send to the legislators, the attorneys, and the judge? Isn't judges and attorneys using children what got our family courts in the mess that they are in today? Isn't asking them to make a choice between parents and allowing the children to make decisions in this causing the courts to use bias and prejudice, to ignore constitutional protected rights, and allowing the courts to justify costing families excessive amounts of money and drive them into bankruptcy?
Are we condemning other divorced parents to second-class citizen status without thinking it through?
I have gone through some of the comments on a Quora thread and there are a few that I feel warrant noting. These comments come from the Quora question, "I stumbled upon a YouTube channel about Caleb Leverett and his custody case if you are aware of him what do you think and why?"
How do you get your child back after the other parent violates the parenting plan order?
Attorney Preston Park gives very smart advice to parents dealing with a manipulative narcissist, but not on how to deal with an evil witch. More on the evil witch part later. Preston says that if you view the Parker video from mom's side you would see that she was incredibly patient, but would not argue with the child about what the orders say and instead go inside and fill out a writ of habeas corpus. (We even wrote an example of a writ for habeas corpus for a parent that was sitting in jail after refusing to force her daughter to go to her grandparents. This is different than a habeas corpus that you would use for interference with child custody. You can contact us to get more information on what that would look like. You can get a template from your courthouse law library and ask your pro se help desk librarian where to find the templates in your family law books. Get a copy of those templates and samples and contact us for a consult. We will give you information that will help you save money when you go to your attorney prepared.)
I can say that if Mom were in Texas and I were advising her, I would tell her not to discuss custody in the presence of the child. Dad is ordered to surrender the child to you at your home at a certain time. If that doesn’t happen, don’t threaten or argue for the father’s and YouTube’s entertainment. Go back inside and file a petition for writ of habeas corpus for the return of the child and a motion for enforcement to have the father put in jail. If Dad is dumb enough to film himself committing criminal contempt, then that’s all the better.Attorney Preston Park
Now for the "evil witch" part. If you are a noncustodial parent and believe that your parenting plan is no longer working or not what is best for your child. Your legal path is to file for a modification. Yes, we know those are practically impossible to get modified. So, the better option really is to not give in to the other parent or make deals you don't really want or agree with. We are told that Caleb made the agreement because he was behind in child support. More on that one later. Back to do not make agreements that you don't want to have to live with. You could learn from our materials and integrate the arguments that we make into your legal proceedings, not getting yourself into a child support conundrum in the first place, and then protecting your child's time with you as well, fighting against the marginalization that traditional court orders make parents of divorce.
If Caleb made agreements because some of his lawful choices were being held against him, I'm talking about before there was any orders at all before child support orders were made. Many guys give in and the first order made in the dissolution of marriage ends up being one where you gave up and gave in because you are told that something you've done, a choice you've made in life, is going to be held against you, even though it is supposed to be no-fault divorce, and even though what you did was perfectly lawful. So you give up and give in because the attorney is not telling you that you have any rights that protect that lawful behavior. Then Caleb could have benefited from learning our materials and using them to help him keep the courts from using perhaps drinking or other things he might have done on his personal time against him and his right to have his son equal time to the mother. We are not talking about endangering the child behavior. If he was drinking and driving with the child in the car, that is not lawful behavior. We are saying that the family courts and family court attorneys and family law judges too often make a parent feel like their lawful choices because they are not favorable choices to the state actors in the courtroom are going to be used against you in the better parent model best interest of the child determination. So it is very likely that this happened to Caleb and so Caleb was going to find another way around it and get what he gave up back another way.
This is actually common for one parent to feel slighted and that the courts were unfair to them, taking away the most important being in their life for nothing. And then that parent having to resort to manipulating the children, using dirty tricks, making the child believe that certain parenting choices or child discipline is abusive in order to get the child to fight the fight that they gave up on originally.
The better path is to learn your rights and use them to shield you and your child from being placed in the middle for the courts to take advantage of and spend all your money and put your child in the middle so that they can line their pockets with your hard earned cash. Shut the door on them from the beginning and start using the protections the founding fathers designed in the constitution.
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Questions and Answers about Parker Leverett
Where is Caleb Parker Leverett now 2022?
Parker would be 23-years old in 2022. He returned home to live with his mother, under court order, shortly after this video was taken and is now leading his own adult life out of the spotlight.
Did Parker Leverett live with his dad?
Parker lived with his dad for about two and a half months. After that, however, the judge ordered that Parker return to his mom and stepdad's house.
How old is Parker Leverett?
Parker Leverett was born in 1999 and is 23 years old as of 2022.
Why is Parker Leverett so popular?
Parker is the son of YouTuber Caleb Leverett. He gained immense fame after appearing in a 72-minute-long video claiming his mother and stepfather were abusive.
Where is Parker Leverett now?
Even though his current whereabouts are unknown, Parker Leverett is thought to be out of college at this point and likely living a worthwhile life.
Who is Caleb Leverett?
Caleb is Parker Leverett's father. He is a renowned YouTuber, made famous after he put Parker's mother on display alleging that Parker was being abused and had a right to choose.
Does Parker Leverett have any sisters and brothers?
Yes. Parker has three siblings.
Who are Parker Leverett’s siblings?
Hayden Leverett, Blaine Leverett, and London Leverett.
When was Parker Leverett born?
Did Caleb go to jail for violating the parenting plan order?
Yes. Caleb Leverett went to jail.
What did Parker's Dad go to Jail for?
Parker's mother filed contempt after Parker's Father refused to surrender Parker on a YouTube video. Caleb allowed Parker to refuse to get out of the car once his time with his father was up; in violation of the parenting plan. Caleb was sentenced to 60 days in jail for this violation.
How long did Caleb go to Jail?
Is Parker's mom or Dad an alienator?
Caleb Leverett is guilty of parental alienation. Any parent that allows their child to believe that disobeying your parent is okay, is one of the alienation tactics. Having a child choose a parent they want to live with is another alienation tactic. Turing the child on the other parent is alienation. Broadcasting a YouTube video of the other parent's reaction to you using your child to violate orders, using your child as a shield to violate orders, is alienation.
Did Caleb co-parent with Parker's mother?
No. Co-parents do not allow a child to disobey the other parent. Part of co-parenting is to make sure that you encourage the child to follow the rules at each parent's house even if you don't personally agree with those rules.
If a child is being abused can you violate a parenting plan?
There are different kinds of parenting plans, some are orders and some are not. Regardless, there are steps that you need to take if you believe that your child is being abused by the other parent or step-parent. And depending on how dangerous the believed abuse is might dictate how you address it. If your child is in imminent danger of death, you can go to a police station and report the abuse, report it to cps as well, and file with the court that has jurisdiction over your parenting plan. You can also ask for an ex parte order from a court to get a temporary order to cut the other parent off and these are relatively quick to get. Getting an order from a court quickly should shield you from being in violation of interference with child custody. I am not aware of Caleb having done all of these. Keep in mind that if you take your complaints to the police, CPS, and your court and your allegations are unsuccessful, you do not get to take things into your own hands.
The alleged abuse, that Caleb had his son believing, was abuse sounds like it was parenting differences. It is common for one parent to use parenting styles or discipline styles against each other after a parenting plan is not what they wanted or if they wanted to cut a parent out of the child's life and didn't get their way. This is a common problem in many cases. Parents end up being scared to parent their child for fear that the other parent is going to twist it and use it to turn the child on them.
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