I do not live in Texas, but went through the entire story you are currently writing so I had 6 years of court, shady attorneys that I went into massive debt over and fired, then finally landed a great one. I had to go through TRIAL PROCEEDINGS for 12 days to provide proof of income for the judge to base those amounts I was asking for on.
So the state mandates for this kind of thing vary per state. Sure, there are federal statutes in place, but the nuances that are critical to your case will vary by state as well as county.
My senior thesis after surviving through all of this (while getting an architectural and interior design 6-year degree in 3 years with a child to raise) actually morphed into creating a type of facility for women like us - there are MILLONS of us in hiding looking for help - and in this process, I did extensive research and development into these women like me, establishing what the core needs are.
There are 8 to 9 types of domestic abuse - and once escaping penniless and scared, the first place to go for help, guidance, and resourcing steps is your local women’s shelter, or a Catholic Church.
Start small, and while you are waiting for information from your main contacts and referrals, you can educate yourself by researching online about local resources that will provide help protect you, any types of grants, funding, municipal sourcing for help with attorney fees, etc. Start small and explore what your city offers in terms of aid - talk to your local Village or City Hall.
- Salvation Army - call your local branch. They can provide you with agencies and phone numbers.
- Catholic Charities - very helpful and financially well resourced.
From there you can start researching on a county level, and for state aid, this link should at least answer questions and guide you a bit.
We are survivors, and don’t stop looking for help. If you want someone to help research your area, please reach out to me. I do a lot of Research and Development anyway, so I can see if I have arms that extend to your local area.
847–751-5818 - cell (best to text me first)
email@example.com (Subject: Survivors) if you prefer to email.
You are not alone - and we have to find each other to bring more awareness and attention to our cause. And remember - I am always willing to do what I can to help anyone who contacts me. We will survive and then we will thrive. ?