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Please Help Reunite a Trans Woman With Her Children

I’m currently going through a very messy divorce. There are a lot of things I can’t talk about publicly, but I’ll tell you what I can.

First: I’m currently staying with my parents (who have already contributed as much money as they can) for free, so my living expenses are fine. I am a professional novelist, so I get paid in a few huge chunks every year, and the reason for this fundraiser is that August’s payment is (disastrously!) late. As long as you’re comfortable giving me some way to send it, you will get all the money you donate back within a month. I will also, if you would like, include your name in the acknowledgements for my novel, If I Was Your Girl, being released in hardback by Flatiron in May of next year and, if you donate $100 or more, send you a signed copy for free once it’s released.

Second: I have not seen or even been able to contact my children (Vivian, a seven year old girl, and Darwin, a 13 month old boy) in a month, and I won’t be able to see them until I have $1,200 to pay the rest of my attorney’s retainer fee and an additional $350 to cover at least two hours with a mediator.

Third: The reason for the retainer fee is that I need very badly to protect myself in court. I’m currently engaged in a fight for my LIFE, as my lawyer has described it. My attorney is currently doing his best to keep us in a holding pattern, but all he can do is file for continuances until I’ve gotten him the remaining $1200.

Fourth. The additional 800 is for my ex and my children. I have not been able to have any contact with them in the last month due to the divorce proceedings, but since I was my family’s bread winner I worry constantly that they don’t have enough money to meet their needs. $800 probably wouldn’t take care of EVERYTHING, but it would cover enough rent, food and gas to get them through to when my check arrives and I can properly take care of things.

It will be a disaster if this divorce is dragged out any longer. It’s already been more than a month. Every day that passes causes more confusion and upset for my children and further complicates an already horrible divorce. I am on my knees BEGGING for any assistance anyone can provide. If you can’t help, please just keep my us in the prayers you send to whatever you believe in or just keep us in your thoughts. This has been the worst month of my life, and any help will be a miracle.