I just got out of a 14+ year abusive relationship I had been in since I was 14 years old. I left him last May, signed up for child support, for the first time ever, in June, he filed for custody in July, I had life or death surgery in September, missed mediation(due to my surgery and mixed up dates), and by the end of October, my ex had won custody!!! He claimed I have had no contact but phone calls every now and then?? He lived with me, how could this be happening? First of all my ex showed up to mediation, said I was a horrible mother and that he would have our son BACK in his custody that Friday and rescheduled. My ex picked my son up early from school, told him what to say, threatened him, took him to the fair after they were done, then to the mall and bought him a skateboard! Before he dropped him off at home, WITH ME at my house, he told him not to tell me I missed it, they would call me and let me know!! The day I realized I missed I called the court and explained, I could only ask the judge to grant me another mediation, that didnt happen. She didnt let me hardly say a word, I was standing all alone, my ex right next to his lawyer. There is alot more I could go on and on for days telling stories about my crazy past, but it wont help bring my son home any faster throwing stones. My sons school psycologist wrote me 3 letters to take to court, I have numerous police reports, numerous testimonies that will turn this case upside down. The courts made a serious mistake in putting my son with him, he has already thrown him into the wall drunk, resulting in a CPS call made by my sons school. I will get him home once the judge hears what they didn't hear when they wouldn't let me speak. My son so desperately wants to come home, he is afraid of his dad, he is a violent person. Please help me raise the next installment I need to pay for phase two in court! I had a fundraiser at Giveforward.com that raised almost $300 in 3 weeks, the check was sent straight to my lawyer! Thank you for your time, I really appreciate you taking the time to read part of my story! God bless and please kkeep us in your prayers!