Thanks for reading my post I really need your help!! I have been trying for a week to get a lawyer, but I just don't have the money for one. My son is five months old and living with me currently at my parents. I was in a two year relationship with a man much older then me, I was eighteen and he was 29. At first it was sweet, but he was abusive after the fourth month together but I stayed because I left family and my life to be with him. Two years of mental and physical abuse and several ER visits I became pregnant. The first time he hit me infront of our son I called the police, took my son, and left and haven't looked back. Well now he wants joint custody and I am representing myself in this hearing which is in a week. Some advice, anything please! I don't want my son in his hands. It's Illinois law so I am unfamiliar with it coming from Missouri. I just need any help you can give me please. I have been staying up endless nights now trying to study court law and proceedings and illinois custody laws, but I am afraid I stand no chance. I just want it to be me and my son. I can't let the father have him. He already promised to kill me if I left him so I obtained a protection order, but he also promised to make sure our son ends up hating me. This man is good at faking and lying, putting up fronts..I just can't have my son hurt in any way or tormented seeing his dad. I am on my knees with nothing else, but to reach out for someone to hear me please. Don't let him take my son. He just can't. In a week my son could be placed in his arms and he can't even speak yet if something were to happen. I need help.
on Sep. 7, 2013 at 2:41 AM