Surviving the Next 3 Months!
Friends and Family,Over the past few months I have come to feel a real sense of community and support from the people around me, from those who really truly know what I have gone through over the past year in a half to those who only glean bits and pieces of it from what they see on Facebook. Today I am faced with a new challenge, and I am doing something I would previously have never been able to do. I am asking for help. This feels harder to me than the actual process of going through the divorce...only because it is something that does not come easily. For the last 6 1/2 months I have been paying for two households. The one my soon to be ex wife lives in and the apt I have rented since I had to leave my house to protect myself from false accusations and attempts by my wife to get me to hit her. I have been paying the utilities for both places as well as her phone and trying to provide for my children as best as I can. Unfortunately, I have reached the limit of what I can do. Because my wife fought so hard to prevent the selection of the PRE (Parental Responsibilities Evaluator) that my lawyer chose it took the Judge to mandate his selection and he was unable to get started until much later than we originally intended. Unfortunately, this meant that the PRE was not able to complete his report before our original August 1st Final Orders court date. My lease ended on August 7th and I was unable to obtain a 3 month lease...the shortest being offered was 7 months and I simply was not able to commit to that. Because I am now month to month my rent went up an additional $200.00. I have already been borrowing about $160 per month just to get through to my next paycheck and then paying that off when I did get paid...only to have to borrow it again before the next paycheck. I am short a little over $400 ..and can't may my mortgage this month. I still haven't bought the school shirts or school supplies the boys need nor do I have anything set aside to pay for Gas and Groceries until the 26th of the month. Given that I have to do all the pick up and drop offs when my wife and I exchange the kids my expected gas expenses for the next two weeks is about $120. Groceries and school supplies will eat the remaining $280...which means I am effectively about $916 short this month...and look to be short around $200-$300 each of the next two months unless I can drastically change my situation. I am working on that. So I am reaching out. If you can help...please do. I won't post this or ask this again. It's hard enough this time. If I have done this right there will be a paypal widget I've set up for donations.Please forgive me if I have offended any of you. Short of getting a marker and a piece of cardboard I'm willing to bear the shame if it keeps my boys fed and smiling.
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