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Legal fees for Emergency custody

Organized by: Ashley Thomas

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I rarely ask for help but I'm in a desperate situation and need help with legal fees to hire an attorney. After going through an ugly custody battle with my ex I gave up and signed papers to share custody of our daughter. I hate ever doing this but I couldn't keep putting my child through that. At that time her father was doing well and provided a stable home despite the hatred he had for me. He eventually split from his girlfriend at the time and gave my daughter to me full time. I have been taking care of My daughter with little help from her father for the last 2 years. I knew that he was going through a tough time and didn't want to stress him out anymore. I was helping him at times with money and asked my mother to let him stay in her spare room until he could get on his feet. We had just started to get along and I thought we had become close friends. He had mental problems in the past and started taking medicine after we split up that helped with his mood. He recently stopped taking the medicine and became suicidal. I talked to him daily to convince him that he had alot to live for and eventually started the medicine again which made him feel okay but not long after he started using steroids which was the reason for our split in the past. He has been very moody and verbally abusive towards me and others. He left my mothers home without telling anyone and would not tell anyone where he was staying. He picked up my daughter one weekend and his other two children to spend time with them, he was good to his kids if no one else so I never expected a call to pick them up from a gas station in a bad part of town. He did not say what happened so I panicked and got straight in my car to leave. I got there as fast as i could to find that he left the kids alone to look for his girlfriend, he physically hurt the girlfriend and needed to get away from the area so he asked me to take the kids. I took them and the mother of the other two children was escorted by police to pick them up. He has not gotten the children since this happened which made him angry. I received a text that he was going to kill her and himself and when trying to talk him out of it he then told me he waited at her house for 3 hours but she didn't show up. Since then he started to get worse with mood swings and would call screaming and yelling at me. A few days ago he took our daughter and dropped her off with an ex girlfriend while he went out of town to work. The ex girlfriend has an unknown address so no one can find her. This is due to a protection order against a recent boyfriend. I fear for my child because of her father being mentally unstable as well as the ex girlfriend being in an abusive relationship. I rarely delete text so have messages as proof of these incidents and need help to file for emergency custody and hire an attorney so that I can get my daughter back home safely.

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