Sam, a businessman, found himself in a world of difficulty with several moving parts. There was his eleven-year old daughter Maya who he loved; Maya wanted very much to live her father. The problem was that the child was living in California with her grandmother who wanted the girl to live with her. Maya’s mother had died suddenly, so a custody battle ensued between the grandmother and Sam.
Sam is now married to a woman who gets along well with Sam’s daughter, and that feeling is reciprocated by Maya. Sam and the child’s mother had never married which made the custody battle challenging and expensive. To complicate things more, two states were involved: California and Texas. Sam owns his business and it made sense to him, for his daughter’s sake and the business, to relocate to Austin where he had always lived.
Having spent most of the money he had on his business and the battle over custody, he was anxious. He was known well enough in the Austin community to get letters from two local rabbis attesting to the fact that he was a good man and a good father, but to complete the custody fight he needed some funds, not a fortune, just some to finish what seemed to be going his way.
More than once in my conversation with Sam, he lauded the HFLA for understanding his situation and its willingness to loan him the money he needed to put this to rest. Sad did prevail, his daughter will be registered in the Austin School District, and the girl’s grandmother will have generous opportunities to spend time with her granddaughter.
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