I'm raising money for a divorce attorney. My ex has contacted his own attorney and has been doing a lot of things behind my back. One of the reasons we are not together. We have a 13 yr old that doesn't need to suffer.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you who have sacrificed what you have to give me what I need. I appreciate all of you and am so much closer to my goal of having a fighting chance.
Thank you again,
Hello my name is Joelle Craft. I am a 41 year old woman finding myself in a dire situation. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was 16 years old. This was a devastation to me but I was determined, after my initial grief, to live my life out to the fullest it could be. This basically was going well until 2012 when my health dramatically decreased and I was fast tracked on disability because of the severity of my MS. Even this didn’t stop me from the volunteer activism that I was doing. I may have had to drop things from my life but I still try to give back to the community in one way or another. I worked, volunteered, on the Charity Care Campaign against Providence Swedish Hospital because healthcare should not be a rich right. I had gone medically bankrupt due to them putting me in collections because they squandered charity care. That has destroyed my financials since. I’m only 7 years in a 10 year bankruptcy because of a disease that has no cure. However with that I have always tried to do best for myself and my family.
I raised 3 children in which 2 are out of the house and the youngest is 12 and also worked and went to school. All of this with this debilitating disease and medical bills always piling up because I won’t choose death on the spinning wheel of the medical billing system. I am always trying to take care of myself and my loved ones.
My husband and I were married back in 2005 and were together for a few years before that. I was diagnosed long before he met me and he watched my health deteriorate over the years. We are now in the process of a divorce. Due to my disability I am not able to maintain a full or part time work which means I rely on less than a $1000 a month to live off of and he is a journeyman electrician with many opportunities in front of him. He still lives in the house that we both own and I am in a rental with friends/roommates. My debt to income ratio is off the charts while his is not. Hence the well-paying job vs disability that is soon to be cut more.
Right now because of my disability I was unable to attain a lawyer like my ex could. I have already started reading the papers and his lawyer is already putting things in that are geared for him and against me. As a disabled woman I am not able to do side work or get another job to get a lawyer and the pro bono ones are backed up with the many cases of several others that are in need.
I am asking for your help. I want to be able to provide for myself and my child when I see her and have the amicable divorce that we as parents want but it seems that his lawyer is only working for him and against me. I want to be able to have a lawyer look for my best interests as well as my child’s without me having the stress and lack of knowledge to hope that I am doing it correctly. Please help provide a lawyer for me so that our child doesn’t have to see her mother get destroyed because one side could have a lawyer and the other couldn’t because of money.
All the money will go towards the divorce attorney and if for some reason there is any leftover I will put it straight into a fund for the youngest to do activities and other engaging opportunities for her.
I spent the other day with my daughter. It was a beautiful day with her. I did however find out that more things are being done behind my back. My daughter thought I knew everything that is going on. I'm so disappointed and scared for her. Please help by sharing and commenting on this. I need to get her out of there.
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