EMERGENCY Riley's Safety Fund


My daughter Riley (15 months) and I have been subject to domestic violence abuse by my husband Mike. Riley has been physically, emotionally, and psychologically abused since she was born and I have been emotionally and psychologically abused for the past 3+ years. It has been happening for so long, it keeps getting worse, and is serious enough that I felt it necessary to flee to another state (NM—my parent's house) with my daughter in order to get us both into a safe, loving, stable environment.

I was able to attain a temporary order of protection against Mike (valid Feb 8—Mar 8), and yesterday (March 8) was the trial for a permanent order of protection. Despite me bringing 58 (yes 58!) pieces of evidence, including 14 signed witness testimonies, to court (and Mike bringing nothing), the permanent order of protection was DENIED. I’m baffled. Riley and I are now vulnerable.

My attorney’s have advised me to begin a divorce proceeding, and also an emergency custodial interference AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Filing first gives us an advantage on jurisdiction and venue. What does that mean? Control. The jurisdiction of the Court is its “power” to allow a case to go forward and make orders. It is imperitive that I file first for the safety of my daughter.


I have a meeting with my attorney (Roy Doppelt Esq.) at 11AM (Denver time) on Monday to get the process started. They have assured me that I have a good case if I can get the proceedings started right away. And this is where you come in... I am required to make an advance deposit (retainer) of $5000 in order to get the process started. All fees and hourly rates will be taken from this ($221/hour—luckily I am getting 25% off their regular fee) but they require the money up front. I simply do not have that money. Mike transferred our bank balance to another account and left Riley and me without funds, other than the little I had set aside. In addition to the $5000 retainer, we need money to live on as well as money for travel when I have to go to court in California for the trial. There could also be unseen legal fees, court fees, and filing fees that I simply cannot foresee at this time.

We need at least the $5000 retainer BY MONDAY (March 12)

If I fail to file before Mike does, he would have all the power. He would be able to get an emergency custodial interference against ME, take Riley away, and have an advantage in getting permanent legal and physical custody of her. For her physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual safety THIS CANNOT HAPPEN.

I would be forever grateful for any and all help whether it be financially or with prayer. God is so much bigger than all of this and I am trusting that He has a greater plan that I cannot see.

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Jamie Rayburn 
Los Alamos, NM
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