Congratulations to Jen English for being selected as the February 2018 FUAN Advocate of the Month.
Jen works tirelessly to bring awareness to her story and the stories of many others of Family Law failures by reaching out through social media, speaking with lawmakers and attending legislative sessions when Family Law Reform bills first get introduced.
Jen was raised and currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband Wade and their two youngest children, Journey, 3, and Juno, six months old. Jen is a Postpartum and Infant Care Doula. She's stay-at-home-mom when not with a client.
Source: Google Dictionary, Accessed February 22, 2018
Here's a snapshot of Jen's story.
Jen’s parents divorced in ‘89/’90 when she was four years old. Her father received joint legal custody. Her mom granted sole physical custody. After that, her biological father moved to Hawaii.
Jen's mother remarried. Her new step-father became a stabilizing influence and role model for her. Growing up with very little paternal involvement and watching her step-father struggle with his personal Family Law challenges has had a significant impact on Jen and the way she wants to raise her children.
Jen has a 13-year-old step-daughter who lives 10 hours away. Since meeting her current husband in 2011, Jen has seen first-hand how the Family Law system can damage families. When they first met, Jen’s husband Wade had recently moved to Des Moines. He was recovering from a rough legal battle that began with false abuse allegations.
With no investigation, no proof offered, and despite testimonies from family, friends, employers, colleagues, and daycare providers, the judge ruled exchanges occur with supervision for the duration of the protective order.
Visitation was set for the standard every other weekend and Wednesday evenings. Then his ex-wife moved across the state, five hours away.
Following recommendations from the exchange supervisors, Wade received joint legal and physical custody. After that, his ex-wife petitioned the court to be able to relocate four-and-a-half hours away farther away.
That Petition was granted. Wade moved back to Des Moines in an attempt to be closer. Since that time, Jen has stood beside her husband and helped him navigate the system while his daughter lived another seven hours away.
Jen plans to become even more involved with FUAN and other organizations working toward Family Law Reform in the future. We hope so too! Congratulations, Jen, for being named the February 2018 FUAN Advocate of the Month!