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StepMom14

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  1. My step-daughter lives in Kentucky with her mother. She was born overseas. Her mother is not a US citizen. She and my husband were never married. My husband is not listed on her birth certificate but a home dna test verified he is her biological father. He is a US citizen. In 2013 my husband and I were able to start having a relationship with his daughter. Last year her mother filed for state aid in Kentucky and we were asked to come to court for child support, which we were happy to do. When the mother found out we were coming to court, she dropped the court case. My step-daughter has called us letting us know that there is no food in the house. She often has to visit a neighbors house to eat in the evenings. Her mother makes her call her grandparents (my in-laws) to ask for money for their bills. At our suggestion, our daughter has started telling her mother that she needs to make the phone calls herself. When my in-laws started refusing, her mother started calling my husband. She has threatened to not allow us to see her. In the last couple of months my husband and I have paid to keep their water on, and been hounded by her mother to pay her other utilites. The mother signed tax documents allowing my husband to file for the child tax credit. When we attempted to file the taxes they were declined as someone had already claimed her on their taxes. The mother has, over the last week, spoken to others about one person, one way bus tickets to California and plane tickets overseas so that "she and her daughter could go live there". The utilities are due to be turned off this week, and money received from her ex-husband (not my husband) was sent to a boyfriend. Our daughter is upset, scared, and exhausted from the fighting and idea of being taken away from my husband. We don't have the money for attorney's fees and we don't know what to do.
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