Next week I have a court date for mediation with my husband (soon-to-be ex). This will be the first time I have seen him since he took my beautiful and precious daughter out of the country behind my back and set up residence in another state. This past year has been one of the hardest of my life. I have had absolutely no contact with her, and had no idea if she was even okay.
It's only by the grace of God that his wife (yes....the one he married while he and I were still married/separated) tracked me down and E-Mailed me, telling me where he lives. Anyhow, I was able to serve him, and this next week will be the first time I have seen him inover a year.
I am a pretty strong person, but even so, I get so intimidated by him. I just know he is going to try and paint me as a completely unfit mother, mentally unbalanced, and get me completely revoked from her life....even though I have been working at the same job for almost 7 years and have been stable since the separation, part of me is just expecting the worst. I am just so afraid he's going to con his mom into hiring some high-priced lawyer again, and he will have the upper-hand...AGAIN. The last time we were in court, he made me look like a complete mental case, used my manic depression against me, and basically got my visitation rights taken away.
This separation from my daughter has been some of the most intolerable pain that I have ever been through, and there isn't a day that goes by that I do not think about her, and wish I could talk to her. I am just so afraid that I am going to go to court and he is going to make me look like a completly horrible mom....even though he is the one who took her out of the country without telling me, and went into court about 3 years ago behind my back and tried to get my maternal rights taken away, by completely lying to the judge.
Anyhow, this is the situation in a nutshell. PLEASE pray for me in this, as I am trying with everything in me not to worry, but to put it in God's hands.