Bridgett and Kids NEED Assistance

Hello all,

As many of you know, I am in the middle of a divorce after 14+ years of marriage and 2 AMAZING children. I have been the Stay-at-home Mom (SAHM) for 90% (or more) of that marriage. I took care of Christian and Haylie daily. I loved on them, consoled them, protected them, cherished them, disciplined them, chauffeured them, etc, during all that time. I kept the home reasonably clean, got up at night with the children as needed, made sure food was in everyone's bellies, and tried to be the best wife and mom possible. I did it without much appreciation for over 14 years.

Many times, others would try to tell me that the marriage was not what it should be, but I stood my ground and defended my marriage. Hindsight is 20/20 and I look back and see that I was not treated as I should have been. I am now beginning to remove the weights placed upon me by this relationship and be the HAPPIEST I have ever been in my entire life. Medication for Depression/Anxiety, astounding friends, fantastic family, combined with love and support from all over the world, keeps me sane and shows me "I Am Worth It!"

Now, my husband has left and going through a divorce is no picnic, but I hoped this one would be amicable. I was wrong! TERRIBLY WRONG. I now sit and have to figure out how to come up with money to retain an attorney!! I have to fight back, the man I thought I knew, just so I can make sure the kids and I have enough child support and alimony to pay the regular bills. He and I met recently and I was hoping all would go well, but he blatantly told me I was asking for too much child support and he would not pay alimony because he "doesn't owe" me anything. Well, he does but I cannot get what the kids and I deserve without an attorney.

Right now, I have no job and no true work skills, yet. All of which leave me in this predicament of setting up an "Go Fund Me" page. I am BROKE. So far, Matt has been paying the general bills of rent, electric, oil, trash, phone, etc, and child support and alimony would cover them. Yesterday, he began changing things without warning me. The cable internet was cut off and my and my son's phone plans were adjusted. I don't know what else he has done, yet.
My plan is to go back to school to finish my Radiologic Technologist degree by next May (2018), and secure a job soon after. The money for Summer session is not available, yet.

On top of all that, I just found out that the home we are living in is to be sold!! Therefore, we will HAVE to move (unless someone wants to buy it and allow me to rent from them). This now adds more stress of financials where there is no income flowing, yet.

Well, now, I need help to achieve my goals:
* $2500 for lawyer
* $1000 for summer session of Rad Tech
* $1500 for moving expenses

If ya know me, ya know this is one of the hardest things I've had to do. I am reaching out because I need help now more than any other time in my life. I hate to admit I need this help, BUT I cannot do this alone, right now.

Thank you for any assistance you can give!!


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Bridgett Hope Ray 
Storrs, CT
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