Fighting for Paisley
$145 raised
14% of $1k goal
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53 Weeks running

Meet my sweet gingersnap Paisley Ryan. This sweet little firecracker blessed my life on October 29, 2016. She is so full of energy, adventure and sass. Each day i have with her i feel so blessed for this time, the kisses she shares, the high fives, the silly faces, the snuggles and the adoration she looks at me with. Getting to watch her learn and grow her own little personality are the highlights of my life. She also has a big brother and sister who love her just as much as I do. There is no greater gift than being a mom to each and every one of my children, despite not being the one who gave birth to Paisley. She can brighten anybody's day and is quick to make those around her smile and laugh. Everybody that has met her absolutely adores her and her spirit.

In July 2017 I became a victim of domestic violence at the hands of my then wife. Since that awful day, a no contact order was put into place by the courts against my wife, also granting me temporary full custody of Paisley until December 2017 with a judge putting a temporary 50/50 custody schedule in place. I filed for divorce and have been diligently fighting an uphill battle to remain in Paisley's life. 

Unfortunately in the state of Idaho, while same sex marriage is recognized, the rest of the laws haven't caught up with children born into a same sex marriage. When we decided to bring Paisley into this world it was always the intention that we would raise her together. Although i wasn't the one to give birth to Paisley, I consider her my daughter just the same. I am named as a mother on her birth certificate and have helped raise her for the last 18 months of her life, since the day she was born. I've been enjoying her hitting milestones, learning to crawl, to walk, her saying "mama" for the first time. I feel fortunate to be able to do this now, but can't fathom not being her mama or sharing in the joy she brings to this world.

Through the process of the divorce and custody i was given 60 days to move from what we considered our home, uproot the lives of all 3 of my kids during the middle of winter, change their schools, daycare and entire routine. I have tried to keep things are normal as possible while dealing with an ongoing legal battle that is far from normal.

Despite my pride i must admit that i have been struggling to accommodate all the additional expenses I've had to take on from these changes in addition to the abundance of legal/attorney fees. I'm setting my pride aside and asking for help with my legal fees so that i can continue to fight for my little girl and what's best for her. I can't bear the thought of losing her in my life or in our families life and missing out on watching my daughter grow up to be a beautiful young woman someday.

Thank you for reading, and i appreciate any help you have in your heart to share.

Love Linsay & Paisley

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