Hi I’m Lyra, I’m 31 and am a mental health nurse for children, it is very unlike me to ask for help off anyone as I have always supported myself.
I am involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle with my ex wife. I am fighting for my rights to see my son aged 3 who I love dearly, but am fighting a complicated and outrageously expensive family court system in the UK. I am now in £37,000 worth of debt but haven’t even got to the first hearing yet. I cannot afford to be represented as I have maxed out all credit cards and loans and overdrafts, I am drowning in it all. My ex wife was and is extremely emotionally abusive and manipulative and is complicating the case by raising all sorts of untrue allegations.
I have parental responsibility but she is trying to remove it due to a technicality with the birth certificate. My ex has £50k in savings and is also getting her whole legal fees paid for by a charity. I cannot find any support for nurses. As a lesbian Mum even in 2018 I still do not have the same rights as a biological father which I believe is completely unfair.
I work 45 hours a week and take all the cash in hand work I can. My only wish is to have regular protected time with my little boy but his biological mother is intent on cutting me out of his life without good reason.
I recognise there are many much more worthy causes out there but I would greatly appreciate any sort of help climbing out of this mess.