A family of five siblings was torn apart by a judge six years ago. Without a custody trial he gave two children to one parent and three to the other. In addition, the judge ruled that the mother (who has been a lifetime stay-at-home/work-at-home mom) will pay for her ex-husband’s attorney fees as well as her own attorney fees. He felt that she had the "means and ability" to pay even though her present husband at the time had just been unemployed for the 12 months prior (due to the economy), and her 20 year history of income fluctuated between 12K and 20K/year.
In 2011 the family subsequently lost their just 18-yo son unexpectedly in an accident (he was a "stepbrother" to the five original siblings though this family does not acknowledge "steps" or "half"). After experiencing such tragedy the lack of focus and grief caused yet another relocation and another 18 months of unemployment.
In 2012 the father of the children brought the mother back into court for contempt over not paying the attorney fees. A new judge (judge #2) found the mother in contempt based SOLELY on the previous ruling of the mother having "means and ability". Mom was forced to file bankruptcy as there were no other options for her. Dad then spent 14 months fighting the bankruptcy (the mom was legally entitled to) which is a common occurrence after divorces and unfortunately due to this, the fees were left off and the protection of bankruptcy was in place for one year. This “stay” (as it is called) just expired in January and now dad has brought mom back into court, wanting her to serve time in jail (minimum of 30 days) for non-payment of the fees.
Mom has spent SIX YEARS (and nearly 75K, much funded by family and friends) attempting to restore the children into one family. One child has been restored with the family, and it is our prayer that the other two children are rightfully restored as one family. Every child has explicitly expressed to friends, family, lawyers, and judges their desire to go home/remain home with their mother and siblings.
The attorney fee debt is keeping the focus off of the custody situation and is urgently now down to the wire for this family. The emergent and ordered debt is 17K which is due by May 25, 2016. Mom has already paid right about 1000.00 towards the debt. Another 1000.00 has been donated from friends and family. This is a good family, a serving family, faithful to God and to each other, filled with love. They have an open home and their life is an open book to friends and family, freely and fully surrendered to the Lord, church leadership and accountability . Because of the love, compassion and faith that consumes these Christians they have been blessed with the additions of a now 4.5, 3.5, and 2-year-old to complete their family.
We are stepping in to do whatever we can to keep this mother out of jail. We desperately need to raise 15K as soon as possible. This seems insurmountable but God is bigger than any circumstance and we feel confident that He will provide. We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this cause and these children.
This family has also opened themselves to accountability for these funds and you can donate in multiple ways - First, you can donate through this site, set up and run by church family. You can write a check to Ellen Page (the couple's mother) who will be helping the family track donations and getting this debt paid down. Or you can write a check directly to Christina Page. Checks (in either name) can be mailed to PO Box 134, Whitsett, NC 27377.
If by some miracle more money is taken in than needed for this particular debt it will be held in trust for attorney fees for the final upcoming custody battle. It is this couple's goal and desire that they make it through the final battle of this war so that regardless of the outcome they will know that by the grace of God they have done everything possible and "fought the good fight".
If anyone has any further questions about this situation please do not hesitate to message us. There are several people involved as far as accountability and assisting with communications who would be happy to provide any relevant information.
Here is a link that will "introduce" you to the five children directly involved - This was created by two of the girls with Mom's help back in 2010.
If you or anyone you know has encountered bias and/or corruption in the Forsyth County court system, resulting in the destruction of family or damage to child(ren) please consider joining this group and spreading the word (three families have been uncovered so far)
Above all else, please be holding this family in your prayers, especially the two youngest of this original five (now 14 and 9), for their safety, well-being; wisdom for the parents and complete restoration. And if you would please SHARE this page and this need anywhere and everywhere you can!
Here are some of the prayer/family verses that this family relies on
"And I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten"
God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he will have compassion on you; he will come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered
The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full
Jeremiah 29:11 (family verse)
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, now and forevermore. Amen.
"Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved"
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with song I will praise Him.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
1 Peter 1:7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight
Blessed i the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to whose who love him.
2 Chronicles 20:17
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm, and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to thsi mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.