Since August 2017, I have paid every penny of travel expenses for all of my visits to the girls in Texas and for all of their trips back home for holidays and summer break. Those costs run on average $2,000 per month. For Thanksgiving, the airfare alone was $3,000. With COVID, the rental car and hotel expenses have dramatically increased.
The girls have really struggled emotionally since being back in Texas. They miss me and their friends here in NC. They are incredibly isolated and lonely -- even more so with the COVID-induced restrictions. They both sob when they have to go back to their dad's in Texas. In May 2019, representing myself, I filed a new action in Texas seeking to have the girls returned to their home in NC. Dad's attorney has had two separate professionals (a PhD custody evaluator and an amicus attorney) appointed and me ordered to split the costs with dad. We have a hearing Monday morning (1/11/2021) on her attempt to have yet a third professional (another PhD as parenting facilitator) appointed. We have a trial date set for Feb. 8 and I am pushing to have it go forward on that date. Because of COVID, it will be via Zoom. My half of the fee for the amicus attorney is $6,000. I thought I had until February 8 to pay my portion, but I just received a phone call from the attorney's office saying the money is due *immediately.*
I really need help getting through what I see as the final push before the girls can come back home.
- Anna Sanders
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- David Cole
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