Help a Dad Save His Little Girl

Help a Dad Save His Little Girl

The relationship between a five-year-old little girl and her father is being torn apart after a Texas court and judge failed miserably to rule in favor of the best interest for this child.  Instead of protecting the best interest of this little girl, the Texas courts have proven yet again to be B.A.D. - Biased Against Dads. 

Now, based on legal deadlines quickly approaching, this dad is in a fight against the clock to file the necessary motions and appeals to prevent his little princess from having her entire life turned upside down! Due to the upcoming court hearings, we have protected the identities of all involved.  For this little girl, we will call her Lilybel, the name her daddy calls her.

Lilybel and her dad truly need your support 3 ways: Donate, Share and Prayers!

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; - Psalm 34:17-19

Meet Lilybel

Lilybel is a smart, beautiful, and extremely funny 5-year-old little girl full of joy and dreams.  She has lived in McKinney, TX since she was born and has grown up with her older brother in the same house her dad has lived in for the past fifteen years.  Lilybel is also a big sister for the first time to her 3-month-old baby brother whom she absolutely loves and adores.  She is now asking daddy for a little sister.  At dad’s house, Lilybel gets to be a kid, ride bikes, go to the park, swim, jump on her trampoline and build forts in the living room.  She participates in gymnastics and dance classes when with her dad and aspires to be a gymnast and a vet  when she grows up. 

She has her own room, a bedtime, and dad reads her a book every night in bed before saying their prayers and kissing her goodnight.  He takes her on special daddy daughter dates each month and to Valentine’s Day dances making her feel like a real princess.  Each year, they go on mission trips and take vacations to the beach.  Lilybel loves her daddy dearly, and her daddy loves his Lilybel more than anything. 

As amazing as this story is of this father and daughter relationship, it may all be shattered very soon changing both their lives forever. 


Psalm 127: 3-5
- Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born into one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

A Dad’s Struggle for His Little Girl

Lilybel’s dad has spent the last twenty-two months fighting for his daughter for the second time in her short life.   The first battle occurred when Lilybel’s mother filed for divorce from her father when Lilybel was only 4 months old after only being married to her dad for 5 months.  During the first case, Lilybel’s dad spent a year and a half in court and pleading with her mom to have an equal part in his daughter’s life she was trying to deny him of.  After substantial financial negotiations, Lilybel’s dad was able to negotiate a deal with her mother allowing him equal possession time.

Soon after the divorce was finalized, Lilybel’s mother started giving up a lot more of her time with Lilybel to her dad as she had other priorities in her life.  As a result, Lilybel’s father put his career aside to be there for his daughter and to be able to give her the love, nurturing and structure every toddler needs and deserves.  Ever since then, he has been the primary caregiver and 100% responsible for all her financial and medical needs.  For the last several years, Lilybel has spent the majority of each week, month and year with her dad.  For the last two and a half years (up until this most recent court case), she was with her dad every week Monday through Friday as well as every other weekend. 

Unfortunately, in July of 2016, the mother blindsided Lilybel’s dad with yet another subpoena.  She was taking him back to court in attempt to gain even more child support than she was already getting by way of reducing Lilybel’s time with her dad.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

Texas Courts and Judge are B.A.D. – Biased Against Dads!

This past August, without any evidence or just cause, a Texas judge stripped away all Lilybel’s regular time with her dad each week to which she has been accustomed to her entire life.  Thus, making her dad just another “every other weekend dad”.  In his ruling, the judge stated "I hate 50/50 visitation schedules."  

The judge also ruled, without any merit, that Lilybel and her dad would not be permitted to have any vacation time this summer.

There was no basis for any of the court’s ruling!  Lilybel’s father presented the court with more than 180 pieces of evidence proving she had spent most of her time with her dad for the last several years.  There were also several witnesses including Lilybel’s preschool teachers who all testified on behalf of her dad.  With all the evidence and testimony presented, it was abundantly clear that Lilybel’s father has always been her primary caregiver.

What’s even more shocking, Lilybel’s mother had an open CPS case investigation against her during the trial for child endangerment and child neglect that was opened less than a month before the August trial dates.  This CPS investigation was initiated after Lilybel’s mother’s own family members placed numerous 911 calls against her.  The judge refused to hear the calls or allow them into evidence.  The mother also had 32 admitted injunctions violating the original court child possession order and was impeached on the stand several times for lying. 

Lilybel’s father has never violated any of the court orders, was never impeached, and has never had any investigation opened against him.  He loves his children and dedicates his life to not only his own kids, but to dozens of other kids each year as a volunteer baseball and basketball coach.  The only thing Lilybel’s dad is guilty of is loving his daughter with everything inside him and refusing to allow his daughter to be stripped away from him. 


Ephesians 6:11-18

Lilybel and Her Dad Need Your Support

Though the Texas courts and judge are B.A.D. – Biased Against Dads and have discriminated against Lilybel’s father repeatedly, her dad will never stop fighting for his princess and will not surrender to the discrimination of the courts. 

Between these two cases, Lilybel’s father has invested everything he has fighting for his right to be a dad to his little girl and to be able to spend equal time with his princess.  The financial impact on this dad has amounted to over $175,000.  A sacrifice this dad would gladly make again for his little girl.

However, after evaluating all costs including having to retain additional counsel and the cost for filing all the necessary motions and appeals, it is going to cost another $80,000 to $100,000.  Unfortunately, Lilybel’s dad does not have the financial means to move forward without your support. 

Dad’s Rights Matter and Lilybel deserves to have her daddy in her life and should not be ripped away from her family and the life she knows!


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2

3 Ways You Can Help! Please support Lilybel and her dad 3 ways:

1.  FINANCIAL DONATIONS!  Any amount helps!

2.  SHARE this story with all your family, friends and co-workers and ask them to also donate and share this story.

3.  PRAYERS! There is real power in prayer!  Please pray for Lilybel, her dad and their entire family.  Please pray for her mom and the judge and the Texas courts. 

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing constant in prayer; - Romans 12:12

Lilybel’s Victory, This Dad’s Ministry – Empowered DAD

You can help preserve this special relationship every little girl dreams of while helping to change the court systems in Texas and across the country. 

Your donations will go to support Lilybel's dad with all attorney fees and court costs.  With your support, Lilybel’s dad will prove to be successful in his devotion to his daughter and victorious in the Texas courts while setting a precedence for dads in Texas and across America.  However, they cannot do it without your support!  Please help their cause by donating and sharing their story TODAY!

Any proceeds from donations provided to support Lilybel and her dad will in turn be donated to the Empowered DAD ministry and non-profit organization established by Lilybel and her dad as a way to pay it forward for others in need.

Genesis 50:2 - You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

More About Empowered D.A.D - Devoted.Accountable.Discipleship

Empowered DAD
will continue to fight for the rights of dads across the country by challenging legislature to change laws that have crippled dads for decades from being able to be an active father for their children.   

In Texas, as one example, there has been significant movement in its legislature to pass new laws that grant dads the ability to have equal possession of their children.  Lilybel’s dad will continue his fight for all father’s and will not stop until these new laws are officially passed in nationwide.

Every child needs their dad, and every kid deserves to have BOTH parents EQUALLY involved in their life when the love, devotion and accountability is present!  

It is the mission of Empowered DAD to equip men with the tools and resources empowering them to be the very best dad they can be.  Empowered DAD will also fight for dads rights and the rights of children to give kids the best opportunity to have both their parents equally involved in their lives.  Empowered DAD recognizes the crucial and necessary roles all dads and moms play in their kids’ lives and hopes to be the bridge connecting that gap for families who are struggling.  Empowered DAD also supports the moms who have had no choice but to be both mom and dad for their children.

Find out more about Empowered Dad at

Train a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

Thank you for all your contributions and supporting this great cause!


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