I married my husband in 2008 in Houston TX. He started to sexually, verbally and physically abuse me as soon as we got married. He started to physically, verbally and mentally abuse my oldest son since 2012 when my son was three years old. I had 3 kids with him - now 7, 2.5 and 1.5 years old. He forced me to get pregnant with 2 of the 3 kids.
I escaped Texas with my 3 kids in Jan 2015 to Virginia. My son's psychologist and her team encouraged me to leave the house with my kids since they considered we were in great danger. The reason we came to Virginia is that I have a friend here who said she could help us. We lived in Virginia for 3 months in a domestic violence
shelter, 6 months in a homeless shelter and now residing in a domestic violence transitional housing program. My son is now in intensive in-home therapy because of PTSD and he's also seeing a long term trauma therapist. I am seeing a domestic violence counselor, a trauma therapist and a psychiatrist for treatment of PTSD.
I had an incident here in Virginia on 2/14/2015. Forgot my youngest baby in the car for 20 min due to depression and sickness. CPS and police were involved. My CPS case was closed in September 2015. Loudoun County ( where the incident happened) Court in Virginia returned the physical custody
to me (not to the father because of DV) and ordered both parents have joint legal custody.
My husband filed divorce
in Fort Bend County in April 2015. My attorney filed motion to transfer the divorce to VA but got denied. I attended mediation
on 12/18/15 and only signed an agreement an amicus attorney was appointed to the case.
My husband has been tracking us using a private investigator. The PI just appeared in my son's school a couple of days ago.
Currently my husband is making 140k/yr and me much less than that. We have same advanced degrees. It is only a matter of time I can find a job in my field.
My attorney told me the court will order all my children moving back to Houston and the abuser will get unsupervised visitation
. Is there any possibility this could be changed? Also I have exhausted the financial resources and need to work with a pro bono lawyer on my divorce. I have the temporary order
hearing in Richmond at 9am on Jan 25.
If you can help me or refer me to someone, please let me know. Thanks!