Help a single mom fight for her daughter My name is Lynsie and I am the very proud mother of a beautiful, smart little girl named Valorie. I was a bright kid with a bright future, I graduated at the top of my class, had a full academic scholarship, and was on a path to success. However at the young age of 19 my future plans had changed to welcome the birth of my daughter. I wanted to make sure I was able to financially take care of my child in every way possible, so I worked hard and worked a lot to help create a lifestyle suitable for a child to be raised being happy and healthy. I worked in the service industry for years bartending and cocktailing, saving money so I could one day provide a home for me and my child. Her dad and I, although no longer together, co-parented for 5 years, but he never provided for her financially because he was barely able to support himself. Even though he was many years older than me, I knew that I could not rely on him, or anyone else other than myself to make sure my child was provided for and well taken care of. I worked nights, sometimes two or three different jobs throughout the week just to make sure Valorie had everything she could ever need. My daughter was with me every day, her father would watch her some nights. I believe in the importance of a good education, so my daughter had all of the coolest educational toys and interactive devices. At two years old my daughter was able to navigate on noggin.com all by her self. I worked with my daughter daily to teach her new things and help her young mind develop. At the age of 22, all my hard work paid off because I was finally able to buy a house for us both to live. However, my world, and everything i have worked so hard to create, came tumbling down about a year and a half ago. My daughters dad had met a new girl, and although I was happy for him at the time little did I know what was about to occur. She got very jealous of how well my daughters father and I had gotten along, so she wanted to remove me from the picture, she wanted to be my daughters mother. Her dad and I had no prior custody arrangement because we were able to get along, and I never asked him for child support because I knew he didn't have any money. I took care of Valorie on my own, and I continued to work hard. I had went to Australia for three weeks, but before I left, I had made any and all child care arrangements, and had notified her father well in advance. Then I sat down and talked to my daughter about where I was going so she would understand. When I got back to the states I was served with papers from her father trying to take the custody of my little girl away from me. His girlfriend gave him the money to take me to court because she wanted my little girl. During the temporary hearing they lied child abandonment, and the judge didn't know what to do so she awarded us joint custody with my daughters dad as primary. I went from having my daughter seven days a week down to only one, and I had to start paying $450 a month in child support. Not being able to see my daughter daily anymore is the most devastating news I could ever fathom hearing. He has kept me out of contact with my daughter as much as possible, not allowing me to see her any more than my one day, and very rarely picking up the telephone when I call to wish my daughter good night. I am crushed! I felt like i am no longer allowed to be a mother, I even get in trouble for taking my daughter to get her hair cut without his permission, but yet his now wife can do anything that she pleases including making my child call her mommy. I have been fighting their lies in this custody battle for over a year now, and am not one to ever reach out to others for help because I work hard to obtain all the things in my life. However, I'm a single mom, I'm working 6-7 days a week, and with a down economy, I'm in desperate need of help. I want to continue to fight for my child but I am running out of money. I have already invested over $30,000 in lawyer fees fighting hard to get my daughter back. I had excellent credit, but now it's shot because of such high revolving balances. I need help to continue the fight. It's not fair that he gets to just take my daughter from me after all these years. After him never helping me, and always asking me for money, and now I have to pay him as he sits back and lets his wife do all the work. In order to go to a final trial it's going to cost me an additional $20,00O, and although I'm working as hard and as much as I can, coming up with money to continue the fight has been very difficult. I love my daughter tremendously, and I don't want to settle for just limited visitation every other week. It's hard enough to no longer be able to see Valorie every day. I miss her so much! So please, help me to continue to fight for the one thing that means more than anything to me in this world.