Hailee deserves to home with us. A 14 year old girl needs her mother more than every other weekend. I’ve spoken to lawyers who state no matter her age, which she will be 15 next month, I still have to pay an ungodly amount of money to get her home. Not just the lawyer fees but every dime of owed back child support that goes way back to over 8 years ago. Every single dime. $14k+ insane right? I can’t get a loan, I don’t have any credit, And I’m stuck with no where to go on this but asking for help. Look at this child. I made sure to tell her Dad that when I dropped her off tonight to really take the time to look at the pain in our child’s eyes. It’s so obvious and so heartbreaking and it only gets worse as more time passes. I’ve been through a lot of stuff in my life but nothing compares to today. My child BEGGED and cried and begged and cried some more for me to just not take her home. She stated along with 100 other things that she’s made out to feel completely alone and invisible when she’s at his house. I don’t know what else to do because my praying knees hurt. My heart hurts and I’m begging for someone to point me in the right direction. It may take a while for the funds to add up but I’ve got to try. I have to get her home you guys. I have to.
Edited to add a few things.
While the lawyers looked over our court papers he very quickly added that this indeed will become an issue of money because of the amount of income that her father makes which is a lot more than me and my husband make annually. Her father sticks with the same story, he is doing what he thinks is best for her but lawyers agree that this is a money battle as he doesn’t want to pay me child support if I were to gain custody. I’ve begged him to give me custody and have it put in papers that I don’t want a single penny from him, I just want my daughter home with us.
Yes I have a nice house, we rent it simply because we don’t have credit, no, I can’t get a loan, Dustin can’t get a loan, I can’t get credit cards, none of that. I have a nice used car, we make payments on it, we most certainly have our priorities straight and I currently pay child support payments monthly along with extra for the previous arrears accumulated over the years when I simply didn’t have it. I was told by lawyers that with my situation of not having legal or psychical custody of Hailee (because I could not be legally served as I was living in a inpatient rehabilitation center so it looked as if I was just careless and didn’t show so her father got every single thing he asked for and I was mailed the papers declaring our divorce was finalized and he gained custody 100%. Because of this, Hailee simply can’t just go in and tell a judge where she wants to live. I first must pay what is owed to her father in lawyer fees and missed payments ($14,000+) and then I can proceed with getting a lawyer to represent me ($3500) and a guardian ad liem to represent her ($3500) I do not own anything that can be sold for any chunk of money. I have wrecked my brain trying to figure it out but have had zero luck.
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