Jace is your average 4 year old. His favorite color is blue, he loves the Beatles, and he enjoys throwing his toys EVERYWHERE!
In February, my wife walked out to find greener pastures and took Jace with her.
Over the following months, she filed for divorce and repeatedly put Jace into detrimental and dangerous situations.
She took him from our house to a hotel, to an apartment that she was evicted from, and then to a house with some of her friends.
She had also let him stay in dangerous places with men she had only known a few days. I was left with a massive amount of debt, so hiring an attorney wasn't possible.
I attempted to get legal aid, but I didn't qualify due to my income level...which was too high for help, but not high enough to pay the bills she left behind or hire legal representation.
I had originally attempted to represent myself legally, but then few weeks ago, she agreed to give me sole custody of Jace because she agreed that I was the more stable parent by signing a Mediated Settlement Agreement.
She signed the MSA on September 19th.
A week later, she dismissed the divorce.
Then on October 1st, she brought Jace to my apartment to live with me.
Without a court order, I am unable to request the child support that she agreed to pay. If you're a working parent, you know how difficult this situation is.
Well, now what?
In order to ensure Jace's well-being, I have realized that I must hire an attorney to make sure that the divorce is handled correctly.
The problem: the average retainer for a divorce attorney in my area is around $9,000 to handle custody.
They will not even consider a case without a cash payment up front. I’ve exhausted every other option that I could find, and I hate asking for help, but my son comes first.
So here I am. Every dollar is one step closer to my goal. I’m not asking for large donations. Any amount will help us cover the expenses to make sure that Jace can stay in a safe home and have a happy, stable life.
If you aren’t able to donate, please consider posting this on your Facebook or other social media account so that I can reach my goal as quickly as possible and make sure that my son can be taken care of.
Thank you for your time.
- Robyn Crossman
Fundraising team: Team Jace (3)
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