Melanie Best Fund
Melanie Best, loving mother of 11-year-old twins, is in the midst of a bitter custody battle. Her case reflects a disturbing national trend in which fathers use the court system as a weapon to harass, control, and impoverish the mothers of their children (http://bit.ly/K5PjE3). Her ex has been extraordinarily vicious: in his effort to skew the custody case in his favor, he has filed a separate case in housing court trying to evict her from her rent-stabilized apartment so she won't have a suitable home for the children.Like many mothers, Mel's earning power has been handicapped from the years she spent out of the work force while raising her children. In addition, she had to stop working for a period while battling breast cancer. She does not have the material resources to both mount a suitable defense and make ends meet.Those of us who know the children best believe that the father is using them as pawns and neglecting their best interests. We also believe that it essential to their well-being that their mother maintain her parental rights.Please give what you can and share this with your friends. Help make this a fair fight for the sake of the children.
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