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Help me get my daughter back!

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BENEFITING: NAMI OHIO

Rachel Bongini

THE STORY:

I need your help. My husband and I are going through a bitter custody battle over our 3 year old daughter. We are located in Franklin county, Ohio (my home state). My husband has been using my diagnosis of major depressive disorder against me. We had an the worst argument of our 9 year relationship several months ago. The stress of it landed me in the hospital voluntarily. While I was hospitalized he met with an attorney & filed for divorce. Since I got out of the hospital, he has progressively alienated me from my precious daughter, saying I was too unstable and that he had to protect himself and her. But I have never harmed him our my daughter willfully or by neglect. The truth is that he plans to move back to his home state which is clear across the country once he's finished with grad school and he wants to take her with him. Four months ago, he legally kidnapped her & has been awarded temporary residential and custodial parenting rights. My visitation schedule is severely limited per his request. The court is "playing it safe" even though my illness is being treated with medication & therapy.

Thanks to the local domestic violence advocacy group, I am learning that domestic violence is more than just hitting, pushing and screaming. It includes financial abuse, emotional and psychological manipulation and isolation, all of which my husband has done our entire relationship. I didn't understand those aspects of abuse & neither did my first lawyer and it cost me temporary custody and puts me at risk of losing all custodial rights.

So this is my recourse. My husband left me with no access to our savings and he pays me nothing. I have had to start all over again since I didn't even have a job when all this started. My family has been helping me as best they can, but they are spread pretty thin.

I am using the funds raised to pay for the retainer of a high-power attorney, one that understand DV and can see his manipulations for what they are. I have some money saved up, but at $295/hour my savings don't amount to much. A $10,000 retainer should get me enough to cover the rest of our case, which has be going on since January. I just want my little girl back in my arms w/o fear of him taking her thousands of miles from me.

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