Bring Ashlyn back to Talia

On September 18th, 2014, my husband went to the Yadkin County Courthouse in Yadkinville, NC and gave sworn testimony to a district court judge, alleging that I could not properly care for our three year old daughter, Ashlyn, thereby requesting that he be awarded immediate temporary custody pending a full evidentiary hearing. The claims that he swore to be true were embellishments of completely harmless and normal actions exaggerated into events of notice or completely fictional depictions, neither of which referenced anything resembling actual truths by any stretch of the imagination. Nevertheless, in exploiting the very law that is in place to protect minor children, he was successful in manipulating the court to grant him sole custody of our daughter, forcing me to fight for my right to hold and care for my daughter. That afternoon, when he came to deliver the news to me with a smile on his face knowing how this was going to crush me, I fell to my knees crying and literally begged him to undo it.

That was five months ago.....

This is 5 months in the life of a three year old baby.

The situation has gone from bad to worse; there was a two month period in which I only had contact with her every two weeks. My husband refused to let me speak to her, visit her at day care or deliver any type of communication that I was even thinking about her. I cannot even begin to imagine the impact that had on her as we had always been together every moment that I was not working. She is the absolute joy of my life and unless I absolutely have to, I tried never to ever leave her even for a moment, I've never had a babysitter for her, never left her to go to a social event, and only traveled apart from her once when I had to go on a business trip. Those few nights I had to be away took every ounce of strength I had and to have to live apart like we are now leaves me heartbroken. Had I known then that it would be five months in which I could only see her four days a month ,I don't know that I would have made it. It is only by the grace of God that I've gotten through the past five months but my concern is for her. We are extraordinarily close and I cannot imagine what she must be thinking and feeling in the absence of her mothers care.

I have a final hearing coming up next week and I do not currently have a lawyer, I've exhausted all of my funds including any money my parents had set aside and I'm out of options. My only hope is to hire a competent lawyer to get my daughter back ....there is so much stacked up against me.

This is a last resort and a very hard thing to do but I have to do everything possible for her, I cannot let her down, she lives for me and I live for her. I am so scared that given the opportunity my husband would remove me from my daughter’s life permanently.
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Talia Dratsch Johnson 
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Winston-Salem, NC
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