I grew up in a traditional family (my parents have been married almost 50 years). My father had a terrible temper; he was arguably verbally abusive (borderline physically abusive). My mother threatened to divorce him, tried to get him to participate in counseling (she went herself), but settled on sticking it out.
I am an attorney. I have practiced in civil law including family law. I have worked for Legal Aid and served as a Guardian Ad Litem.
I am a step-mother. I am the wife of a disenfranchised, better parent who makes financial sacrifices for his children and does his best to be involved in their daily lives.