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I'm Fighting to See My Sons, but I Need Help With Costly Legal Fees Please!

My Story:

I'm a single mother of two young boys, and I'm currently fighting for custody of them. My youngest is 6 years old, and he's incredibly energetic. He adores cooking with me and is always trying to get his older brother to build things with him. His brother is 11 years old, and he has Asperger's Autism. He's a mechanical engineering genius and has struggled with adjusting to change, but he's come a very long way over the years. Earlier in his life, he struggled with childhood disintegrative disorder, and it was a struggle for years to get him speaking again. Most of my sons' lives have been spent with me because their father only came into their lives in 2017 after he was released from prison. He left me in 2020 and has tried to take my boys with him since then.

When I was with my ex after he got out of prison, all of the bills were put in my name because I was the only one working at the time. However, we relied on each other to pay the bills, so when he left last year, it left me in a lot of debt. I've been able to pay it off slowly over time by working hard, but it's taken up most of my savings. In addition to the financial hardship I've faced, I have also faced really serious issues with my mental health. In 2020, I had a severe depressive episode and made an attempt on my life. That same day, my ex left, took the children, and filed a protective order for temporary custody. I found all of that out from a hospital bed.

Since that day, I have been battling for custody of my sons, but the legal fees are too much for me to handle after everything that's happened in the last year. I've been able to find help thanks to my friends and family, but it hasn't been enough to keep up with the legal fees. My attorney is threatening to drop my case if I can't pay the expenses soon, and if that happens, I could permanently lose custody of my sons. That would be a crushing blow to me as a mother. In truth, I'm very worried about my sons because of their father's history and because they tell me uncomfortable stories when they come to visit and beg to come back to stay with me. So, if I'm unable to continue to fight for custody of them I'm very worried about what will happen to them and will never be able to live with the though that they aren't safe. That's why I'm humbly asking for this assistance with these legal fees, and it's why I would feel so thankful and relieved to receive this help. Thank you all in advance for this assistance and for giving me the opportunity to continue to fight for what's best for my sons.

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