There is No Good God – Primary Custody to Abusive Husband

The judge gave Will temporary custody of both of my boys today. He talked to the boys and read the affidavits from both sides of the fence.

And he gave my boys up to Will. They’ll live in an RV with their father.

I hope God's absence in my heart means that he's present with Eddie and Marc. I hope God curled up in bed beside Eddie tonight to whisper my I love yous.I don’t understand. I made my attorney repeat it to me a hundred times. It was like my brain wasn’t working. I didn’t even hear the judge after he said “Primary custody goes to Will…” Didn’t hear a word.

It’s not over. This was “only” a temporary custody hearing. But how likely is it for the judge to change his mind?

It doesn’t matter that the boys have seen Will verbally abuse me, physically abuse me, and possibly intuitively know he mentally and emotionally abused me because Will’s done the same to them. It doesn’t matter that we’ve dealt with Will’s alcoholism and anger as best we could. It doesn’t matter that I am the primary caregiver. Nothing matters. Nothing makes sense. Nothing is real.

I have all kinds of reasons for why the judge may have made this decision today. But you know what? I think it boils down to “Your mother is a lunatic. Your father is sane. You’re better off with the sane one.” I think I’ve lost my job as primary caregiver to my children. I think the fat lady sung today. I think it’s over.

After court, I brought Eddie home so we could pack his things. I was heartbroken, but I did pretty well overall. Yes, I cried with Eddie. It is hard acting stoic when my child is crying.

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After we collected ourselves, we went about the business of packing his bags. I hated every second of it, but I got through it matter-of-factly. “Isn’t this shirt too small? … I don’t think this one is good for school, do you want to leave it here? … How about these boxers? … ”

Around 4, I called Will to tell him not to come to the house, that I would take Eddie to him. I had forgotten about my class tonight. No, I didn’t want to go to the class. I wanted to come home and cry and die and cry some more. But I had the feeling God wouldn’t take me to heaven because he’s got so much pain in store for me that I have to stay. I think he wants me to suffer.

I yelled at him tonight. I yelled at God. I told him that even HE couldn’t bear the pain of losing his son, that he brought his son back to life so he wouldn’t feel the pain. I know I’m wrong and that plenty of you out there want to correct my bible learnin’. Please resist the urge. I asked why he would ask something of me that he wasn’t willing to do himself.

No answer. I told you, God is not here.

I hope God’s absence in my home means that he’s doubly present with Eddie. And with Marc. I hope God curled up in bed beside Eddie tonight and is whispering “It’s going to be all right. Everything is going to be okay. Sleep, Eddie Boo, tomorrow is a new day.”

Eddie texted me late tonight, “i wanna go home…” with a crying emoticon beside it.

Dammit, how can I respond to that? I want him to come home too. I cried and choked for air. I wrote back anyway. “Hang in there, Eddie boo. It’s going to be all right. I love you and your brother too. Nothing and no space on the earth will EVER change that.”…”All you have to do is live this minute and then the next”…”Then the next.”…”You can do this, Eddie”…”love yourself”…”be strong”…”have faith”…”I love you more than my own life”…”I will do anything and everything in my power to erase your broken heart”…”And make sure you have two parents who you know beyond a shadow of a doubt”…”Are devoted to you”…”And love you”…”Everything will be okay”…”I love you. Dad loves you.”

I hope I am not lying to him. I hope everything will in fact be okay.

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About Kellie Jo Holly

Kellie Jo Holly passionately advocates against domestic violence through her writing and mentoring service. She loves helping women cope with abuse while in the relationship and supporting them as they leave the relationship and begin to heal. You can also find Kellie on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. You can buy her books from Amazon.


  1. quietone says:

    Oh god Kellie! My heart is breaking for you. I wish I could give some sensible answer but I have nothing that will help.
    I can’t even tell you I know what it feels like. I don’t.

    One day at a time dear girl. One day at a time. Keep thoughts that your boys may end up hating you out of your head. Time has an amazing way of revealing truth, even if it takes awhile. Just keep your heart open for your boys.
    Big hugs to you!

  2. 1. Get a new attorney. Custody often comes down to how hard your attorney will fight for you and how skilled he or she is with custody fights.
    2. Understand that your husband will do what is necessary to get the boys to live with him, which may include intimidating them. It’s not about him “having custody,” it’s about him winning. It’s that culture you and I deal with…

    I want to tell you that I would like to just give you a bug hug and tell you everything is going to be okay. But I can’t. I have to kick you in the ass and tell you that a warrior’s wife is a whole lot stronger than the warrior himself. You have to fight like the warrior does and that means fighting with your mind.

    We’re warrior women, Kellie, and we’re stronger than we know or think. You can cry if you need to, but know when to stop and take action. WOO RAH! for the women!!

  3. newdirection says:

    I cried when I read your post. I will pray for you and your boys. I have seen suffering, for today it feels like death, but it is not the end. Don’t give up, Don’t give in. Let your love for your boys fuel you, they need you more than ever. Stay strong, tomorrow is another day to fight the good fight. For a moment we are forsaken, but then the feast…

  4. PrincessLuceval says:

    Oh, my God. I’m dying, reading your post, crying for your pain, it’s so palpable. And it’s another thing that makes me hesitate to start anything, because of fear of just that scenario for me and my babies. Hugs and prayers, Kellie.

  5. mizzeponine says:

    My God Kellie Jo, I’m so far behind, I just read your post today and I have to say, I’m sitting here, jaw dropped, grief stricken for you and your sons. And I can honestly say, I do know what you’re going through. I’ve been in your shoes, sort of. When custody clearly should have been given to me, and it wasn’t. That was 12 years ago, and I still haven’t gotten over it. The anger is with me, always. Kellie Jo, I am so sorry. I wish I knew something to say, some words of encouragement. I am truly awe struck, by this. I can’t imagine a situation where a man who was, just months ago, facing charges of domestic violence, could now, end up with custody of two children. The justice system, is not always just! I will lift you and your boys up in prayer. And I wish you well. Stay the course, Kellie Jo.. stay the course!

  6. Hmm,I hv neva experienced a r/ship as dis before,my mum is a victim nd my sis is also a victim bt dey we’re able to end d marriage.wen I got my fiance,he was loving nd all nd engaged me only after 2months,I collected d ring nd ask dat we date 4 six month before marriage plans,I started to notice some attitude wen he moved into my apartment,he constantly checks my cell phone nd always accuse me of cheating,he wanted to kn evrytin abt my past r/ships nd tries to disconnect me frm male frnds,wanted to kn wot I discussed wit my female frnds as well,reads my msges,wenever I had issues wit him,he wil call his mom nd report me,den he claims I dnt respect him nd am stubborn,wenever I try to sit him down to discuss wit him,he either work out on me or claims am insulting him nd dt I fink he is a fool, I knew I had to leave d r/ship for bro is a counselor nd he told me d kind of person d guy is nd asked me to forget abt him cos I won’t be able to structure him.he came to pack his stuffs wen we had anoda fight,he came nd almost beat me up den he refused to go dt I’m leaving him bcs I hv gotten anoda man dat is richer dan him,he started to call diff girls in my present telling dem he loves dem and so on,den he started to drag wit me,he wnts to hv sex wit me bt I refused nd we dragged til morning,he didn’t allow me sleep nd him either.he constantly accuse me of being a bad person.aside all dis he is not cordinated in act nd action,well I fnk you for dis topic dats has opened my eyes to d abuse,I returned his ring to him ystrday, and as for healing it is done cos I had left him emotionally since bt now am moving on physically as well. Am only 26yrs old nd a Nigerian!.

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