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Annika's Rights & My Love
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Ended Nov 23, 2016
I need to go to court, in Florida, to make things right for Nika. My divorce happened there so I have to fight there. I need help to pay for attorneys and court fees. Please read my story. She needs emotional stability and to be treated as a human.

All of this is so I can pay for a lawyer/ court fees and to get down there to make it happen... All donations from the previous fundraiser have been moved to this account...

I've kept my mouth shut for all of these years... All I wanted was to keep Nika from getting caught up in a feud between myself and her father... I never fought for custody because it appeared she was happy... She had friends and family in Florida... She was acing school... I fear that this battle has to begin... My girl needs a voice, and I will be that voice..

Durning our mediation... He and I agreed on our call schedule. We discussed how visitation was going to work... She could come up here every other summer... Annika had told me days later, that her father told her right after we hung up from the mediation, "There's no way you're going to NY without me." Without immediate knowledge of that comment to Nika, the divorce was finalized...

We were granted time sharing, which is where she would live with him most of the time and I would have visitation, phone calls, involvement in EVERY MAJOR SITUATION in her life, I would get pics, know what school she goes to...

Nika turned 13 in December 2013, and for 80% of her life, she has been made to keep her feelings about me and anything that has to do with our relationship, to herself... Placed aside, her emotions have taken over, along with the development of mental illness...

Annika has needed psychiatric assistance for years. It has been avoided and ignored due to inconvenience and lack of importance... Nothing was done until it became unbearable... Nika needed help and no one took the time to make it happen before it became a matter of medicating her... Not even a mention about it to me... To this day, I've got no involvement in her psychiatric care, no say in whether or not she's medicated... Her psychiatrist and therapist have suggested that Nika and I speak through video calls... Nothing... He's also supposed to put me in contact with her psychiatrist and therapist so they could know Nika's genetic mental health history, this way they'd know the best way to treat her... Currently she's being medicated for ADHD and, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)... I believe she's been misdiagnosed and wrongfully medicated-- without my court ordered input... I consider this a MAJOR SITUATION...

Over the years I have been told, "I'd never keep her away from you." However, we were barely able to talk... She wanted to call me all the time but when her didn't feel like giving her the phone, Nika was told she could call me "later" but, "later" would never come... It got to a point where she told me, "I don't even bother asking anymore because he never lets me use the phone." Even a month ago, in an email she said, verbatim, "I should at least be able to communicate with my biological mother without having HIM screw up the entire moment.  What if it were the opposite way around? What if YOU had custody of me? Im possitive that you'd NEVER EVER do that to him so why would he do it to you? im starting to get to the point where I want NOTHING to do with him what so ever. He acts like im being over-dramatic when I'm say these things to him.Why is he doing this? Is he just restricting me from having ANY contact with you?"  

Recently, I had made a comment that frazzled him a bit. He tried to blow it off, but there was no possible way for that to happen. I mentioned that we had a "Documented Agreement" that stated she was allowed to call me on certain days and at certain times, and that it hasn't happened since the week after the agreement. The excuses for not allowing Nika to call me became null and void... She now has a phone as of her birthday...

This is where the legal aspect comes in... I have spoken to numerous attorneys and all agree that I take action... It's going to be a tough road, I have to stick to it... "Contempt of court" has been mentioned, along with a few other things... My goal is to go to Florida, get into court, file the petition and give Annika what she needs... 

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