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A boy holds a toy truck.

Teresa’s Story

Against the established parenting plan, Teresa’s ex-husband kidnapped their son from daycare and fled to Florida. After an exhausting 8-month search and battle, Teresa’s son was returned to her custody in Snohomish County. Unfortunately, her son’s physical return was just the beginning of Teresa’s long battle to keep her child safe. The ex-husband began to file motion after motion in court to try to get custody of their son. He even began stalking and harassing Teresa at home and at work. Teresa desperately needed legal help, but as a single mother she could not afford to hire an attorney. It took months of litigation, but an SCLS staff attorney defeated all of the ex-husband’s attempts to regain control of Teresa and her son’s lives and futures.

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