April 2018 FUAN Advocate of the Month – Chad Krastel

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Congratulations and a Giant Thank You to Chad Krastel on being named this month's FUAN Advocate of the Month.

Chad is the April 2018 FUAN Advocate of the Month. His leadership at the Iowa State Capitol Building combined with his persistent letter writing to the editors of newspapers and emails to legislators, Chad is an invaluable resource; helping to break the infamous “Ghost-Writing Case” that is suspected to be running rampant throughout the state of Iowa.

In case you missed it, Ghost-Writing, in this instance, refers to the practice in Iowa courts (and one could reasonably assume other jurisdictions) of allowing Judges' final rulings in matters of family law to be written by lawyers involved with the case. Then rubber-stamped by the Judge.

Earlier this year Judge Edward Jacobson admitted to allowing attorneys to write his final decisions over two hundred times!

Read the following stories for more information.



(Additional Ghost-Writing articles are listed at the end of this post)

Chad Krastel was born in Palm Springs, California and has four siblings. His father and mother divorced when he was four years old at which time his father received sole custody of all the children. His mother passed away six years later in a car accident.

Chad joined the Army when he was 18 years old. An injury resulted in a medical discharge after four years of Active Duty. He chose to still serve in the Army Reserves for an additional six years.

Chad is an Alumni of Grand Canyon University. He also played semi-professional lacrosse.

His passion for children inspired him and lead him to work with children with special needs. He volunteers as a coach for middle school lacrosse.

Chad recently moved from Sioux City to San Diego, California for a job opportunity. He's now a construction manager for a roofing and solar company there. Photo of Chad Krastel

Chad has four daughters, his eldest being with his former spouse. Chad’s experience with the Iowa court systems has lead him to try and fight for Shared Parenting head on.

He is now remarried and has a very supportive spouse who is also an advocate of Shared Parenting.

Together he and his spouse still are very much involved in the equal parenting rights, and even from California, fight the systems and people advocating against equal shared parenting.

Chad’s leadership skills and warrior-like attitude drives him to help lead the charge in Shared Parenting. Chad is currently having to re-face his former spouse, as she is presently alienating him from his daughter.

Chad may be in California now, but there is a piece of his heart in Iowa too. Chad's goal is to continue fighting for Iowa’s families and families across the United States.

FUAN congratulates you Chad. Keep up the good work! 


Additional Ghost-Witing Stories can be found in these articles:

  • http://www.ktiv.com/story/37718543/2018/03/13/former-judge-admits-directing-lawyers-to-write-rulings-after-contested-cases#.Wq6uJirOTH0.facebook
  • http://siouxlandnews.com/news/local/sioux-city-woman-says-retired-judges-scandal-led-to-child-abuse
  • http://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/local-news/investigators-looking-into-200-confirmed-ghost-written-court-order-cases/1087558020
  • http://abcnews.go.com/

If you would like to nominate somebody you think worthy of recognition as a FUAN Advocate of the Month, just send us their name and why you feel they should be considered.

Now more than ever is the time to get organized and stand up to be heard!


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