Support for single mom & daughters

I am a single mother with 2 dependent daughters who needs to raise money ($3500) for a new lawyer retainer fee to represent me and my daughters (plus $1000 to lawyer who has not done anything) so that we have an adequate advocate on our behalf. I have been trying to work at things with their dad diplomatically but after a year and a half I am still waiting for money from my marital property while my daughters and I have moved from apartment to apartment.  I have also been waiting and hoping for child support for both daughters which I have not received for over a year.

They live with me fulltime and are with me all the time except when at school.  I have needed to pay for medical needs on their behalf in addition to everything else. Without proper legal representation  I can see that our future has become dire and financially scary.  I do not want to be evicted from our current home.  I found the lawyer who knows how to deal with people who are avoiding their parental responsibilities but I do not have any $ to hire her. 

Can you help me raise the $3500 retainer fee (plus $1000 to inadequate lawyer) to secure freedom and peace of mind from the person who is keeping us connected by financial control and fear?   I feel shy asking but time is of the essence and our situation is urgent.  I am willing to do this on behalf of my daughters and I to enable us to move forward with financial peace of mind and hope for the future instead of anxiety and fear.  With my one daughter a senior in high school I want to set this financial trap behind us so I can focus on her senior year and what is beyond. 

Thank you for your consideration and generous spirit. 

Karen 
(I know my turn will come to pay it forward.  "Doing small things with great love.")
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Karen Shenk Zeager 
Organizer
Lancaster, PA
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