Help w/ attorney fees to keep my children together
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I am asking for help with attorney fees to keep my children together.  10 years ago, after 22 years together my ex walked out on our 3 children (ages at that time were 3, 6,and 8)  and I. At that time I was a stay at home mom.  The children have ...

I am asking for help with attorney fees to keep my children together.  10 years ago, after 22 years together my ex walked out on our 3 children (ages at that time were 3, 6,and 8)  and I. At that time I was a stay at home mom.  The children have lived with me since then. My ex started with parenting time 1 night a week and every other weekend... and that has continued for the youngest, but the older two have cut back due to school and extra curricular activities and the fact that my ex moved 40 minutes away.

About two months ago I was served with custody papers saying that my ex was moving out of State and wanted full custody of our youngest daughter, SayDee.  SayDee is now 13 years old.  She has lived with her siblings and I since the day she was born and has a very strong connection to all 3 of us. She is very torn, having to make a decision between us.

My ex did not have to move out of State, but made the CHOICE to move away from our 3 children.   Within 2 weeks of serving the custody papers to me, my ex moved out of state.

What makes this story a little different than others is that my ex is the birthmother of SayDee. I gave birth to our first two children (Alex and Kaylea) and we did second parent adoption for all of them. I feel no different about SayDee than I do the two I carried.  She is my baby.  I can't handle the thought of her living so far away and not being able to see her everyday.  The truth is with the way finances are right now I would rarely get to see her. Her siblings are also heartbroken at the thought of her moving away.

When I told my ex that the other 2 children were hurt and felt that she didn't *want* them, she took our 16 yr old to dinner and told her she was better off with me. I'm not sure what she meant by that but it didn't make Kaylea feel better. It only emphasized how my ex is trying to separate the family. (Our son is 18 and although still living with me and preparing to go to college he isn't included in the custody issues)

I am a single mom working full time raising 3 kids.  I just purchased my first home on my own and all of my "extra" money went to buying the house. I was not planning on the expense of an attorney and court costs. So far I have spent $10,000.00, that I had to borrow, and we haven't even gone to court yet. I would appreciate any help that you are able to give to help me keep my family together. 

Thank you,

Ereena Howard

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