Help Jon Protect his Kids
Organized by: S Elizabeth Aldridge
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June 06, 2016
EVENT DATE Sep 28, 2016
Jon and his wife divorced in August 2014 after a long separation. When their marriage disintegrated, Jon was living in active alcoholism and addiction. Since then, he has worked diligently to turn his life around. He has remained sober for over 2 years by working a strong recovery program that still includes attending several meetings per week. He also serves as a sponsor to share his experience, strength, and hope with others in recovery.
Feeling hopeless at the time of the divorce, Jon gave his ex wife physical custody of their children. She promptly moved them nearly 1000 miles away to Madison, Wisconsin. Because they were so far away, Jon had no influence over the welfare of his children. During that time the children suffered because they were denied necessary medical, dental, and mental health care. In the summer of 2015 Jon's son, Ian made the difficult decision that he should return to Mississippi to live with his father. Ian had a variety of reasons for the move, including that his relationship with his mother had become unhealthy for him.
I do not want to share too many details about Ian's struggle, but I do want you to know that the manipulation he suffered has required very expensive therapy. In the past year Jon has spent $1,000 on Ian's mental health care, and his therapist states that he suffered trauma as a direct result of living with his mother. and dental work. Ian has also needed extensive dental work, Jon has spent more that $3000 in dental costs to date. Even in the best of situations, changing the custody of a child is not easy or cheap. Jon has spent more than $7000 in the last few months on legal expenses related to gaining custody of Ian, ensuring the proper care of his daughter, Hannah, and protecting Ian from further emotional and physical harm.
Now Jon's ex wife is attempting to sway the legal system by attacking him for being a recovering alcoholic and addict. He will not be shamed by these attempts, however it is becoming increasingly difficult to cover mounting legal fees in addition to continuing to diligently provide child support for Hannah's care. I wanted to create this fund in order to give his family, friends, and fellow members of the recovery community the opportunity to help him in this time of need. Thank you for reading and for any help or support you can provide!