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Leslie's Justice Circle

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Leslie Craig and her ex-husband were married for over a decade and had three children together. In early 2016, her ex suddenly and without warning said he wanted a divorce.  Leslie wanted to save the marriage. She convinced him to try couples counseling, but he repeatedly said he was done, he quit couples counseling, and they began the collaborative divorce process. 

The divorce was finalized in 2017.  Due to the significant disparity in their income levels, her ex was court-ordered to pay alimony and child support, with alimony going through October 2021. 

Her ex remarried in May 2019. Shortly after, he abruptly terminated the collaborative divorce process, hiring an aggressive attorney to help him end spousal support payments on the grounds that her current 30-hour-per-week, flexible job is intentional underemployment. Her job allows her to pick up her kids from school and be present with them, without the high cost of childcare.  She has no family in the area to lean on. 

Her ex has built a fantastic career in military communications and data security, and easily has the means to pay spousal support. Leslie has pushed hard to raise three children while finishing college, and recently completed a graduate degree to increase her future earning potential. Because she has little savings and gave up her career from ages 21-31 to support her ex-husband's, she is unable to pay a retainer to defend herself in court. 

Leslie needs help raising money so she can have a fair hearing in court. The $5,000 retainer will cover the majority of her legal fees. She needs support so she can keep her modest townhome in the expensive Charlottesville region, improve her financial situation, and continue working her family-friendly job so she can be present to raise her three girls.


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    • $470 
    • 5 yrs


Kristin Thomas Sancken
Greenbriar Heights, VA

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