Your case is cut and dry. The abductor took your child and returned her in a form you do not recognize. This child has low self-esteem, wears masks, lies about things that don’t matter and keeps secrets. You constantly feel you are living with a stranger.
You tell the court you cannot put your finger on it, but there are days you’re unsure if it’s actually your child. The innocence seems lost.
The abductor is a narcissistic liar.
The clear cut, open and shut case becomes anything but.
People start questioning your credibility.
You are the outsider in your own home. You become paranoid, unsure, and suspicious. Everything you once knew to be the truth, you suddenly question. Did I just overhear a conversation with the abductor? Was that last text messageto the abductor?
You wonder if you’re living with a spy.
Your circle becomes smaller. Trusting people becomes harder.
Still, you are unrelenting. You tell the court repeatedly that your child is not the same child. There are bizarre accusations and bursts of anger seemingly out of nowhere.
You have no proof. The court doesn’t care.
The court tells you that you and the abductor will now share custody of your child. You are required to pay the abductor a monthly stipend.
You are outraged.