Custody battle to not separate our children

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Mary Olmsted started this petition to Bexar County Court Judge

Unfortunately my husband and I were plagued with a bitter custody battle from the start of our relationship. I simply wished to become the best stepmother I could be while raising multiple children and being a caregiver to my husband with combat ptsd. It didn't workout that way and we simply could never enjoy our love together. I couldn't let go of the fact that a woman could hate me without knowing me. My lack of self awareness caused me to people please and in the end harm my marriage. However after requesting to end the relationship for both of our mental health and my final acceptance of my being unable to continue to have a role in my husband's life as a spouse, I was given a notice of custody. Of course to which is the standard. However my being a mother 24/7 and my husband being a father 24/7, despite our differences doesn't warrant myself seeing my children 7 days a month. I also don't see warranting my husband that same fate. While our relationship became emotionally toxic, he remained a good father. I will always love him as the father of my children and I can only assume he is coming from a place of hurt. 

 

However we both have children from a previous relationship and by diminishing either of our roles as parents will negatively affect both of our oldest babies. My 8year old daughter Madeline loves being a big sister! My 7year old stepdaughter loved being a big sister! 

 

I'd like for a judge to grant us 50/50 custody, first right of refusal and coparenting classes. Along with my husband and I to each continue with our personal therapy to which we have both made progress. 

I just want to be there for my children and when they ask for their father, I want to be able to ask if he's free to visit with them. I've spent years along side him in court for my stepdaughter. I'm simply exhausted. 

 

 

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