Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater: in 2005, Davis, apparently eager to advance her career, relinquished custody of not just her child with her second husband, Jeffry Davis, but also her first child from another marriage.
Wendy Davis's first daughter Amber, born during her first marriage to Frank Underwood, was 23 at the time – an adult. Her daughter with Jeffry, Dru, was 17.The Tarrant County Court granted the divorce on November 15, 2005, giving Jeffry Davis "the exclusive right to designate the primary residence" of Dru.The blended family had begun on a happier note in May 1987 when Wendy, 24 at the time, and Jeffry, 37 at the time, had married. Amber, who was then 5, lived with the newly married couple, and from the beginning, her step-father raised her as his own. Jeffry Davis “considers Amber his daughter” the Houston Chronicle reported in September 2013,quoting him saying “she's been with me since she was two” – around the time Wendy Davis's first marriage ended.Jeffry Davis was a successful and established professional. Armed with an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a law degree from Southern Methodist University, he started Republic Title of Texas, a real estate title company that was on its way to becoming the most successful commercial real estate title company in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.Wendy Davis, then a brunette, had been working as a pediatrician's assistant and waitressing at night.One year and four months after they were married in 1987, the couple brought daughter Dru into the world. Amber was 6.Two years later, Wendy Davis applied and was accepted to Harvard University Law School. She left for Boston while Jeffry stayed in Texas.The Chronicle reported "[s]he took the girls with her at first, but the balancing act proved difficult, and they came back home to live with Jeff."Wendy graduated from Harvard Law School in 1993 and returned to Fort Worth, where she clerked for a federal judge, ran unsuccessfully for the Fort Worth City Council in 1996, and worked for a local legal firm. In 1998, she was finally elected to the Fort Worth City Council.According to Jeffrey Davis, Wendy Davis left him the day after he finished paying for her education. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left,” Jeffry Davis said.[Newsbusters reports Mr. Davis "paid for her last two years of college and cashed in his 401k to pay for law school]Wendy Davis was given weekend visitation rights and required to pay $1,200 per month in child support to her ex-husband. Source: Breitbart
RealClearPolitics says Jeffrey Davis sued for divorce and accused his wife of adultry.
It's one thing when a court determines a 17-year-old can decide to live with her father or her mother, but it's another to actually give up custody, which would not allow the 17 year-old to change her mind and move back in with Mom.
Davis painted herself as the single mother, struggling with a child while living in a trailer park and trying to climb her way out of that hell. The trailer park was only a part of her life for about a month or a few months, while living with her parents, nevertheless, she revisited the dreadful place with Maria Shriver:
Maria Shriver: You haven’t been back here since you’ve lived here.Wendy Davis: That’s right.Maria Shriver: When you look at this place, what are you feeling right now.Wendy Davis: Um, a homecoming of sorts, definitely. I’ve tried real hard not to put this in the rear view mirror. I try to keep it present. Just in terms of the work that I do, making sure that my perspective is never too far removed from this. … The hardest thing in the world is to be giving something your all, and it is not good enough. That is what I was experiencing when I was here. I was giving it my all, working two jobs and doing the best I could. But this is the place that I came home to with the phone not working from time to time or the lights not working from time to time. Source (see a video of the "trailer park." although there really no good shots. It looks more like an RV sales lot than a mobile home park)
About those "trailer parks" that just a few days ago made Wendy Davis so special:
An estimated 20 million people live in mobile homes, and most of them are employed full time or retired. Mobile homes provide “an important source of affordable housing for low-income households…. [and] serve as an important transitional step for social mobility.”Some people in trailer parks may be stuck there, but others consider it a viable life option. Why treat trailer park folks the way Bill Clinton did, as trash just waiting for a $100 bill to be dragged through the streets?An odd thing happened on the way to Wendy Davis’ personal and campaign narratives — while claiming to fight for single moms and folks in trailer parks, she actually perpetuated stereotypes and myths in an incredibly snobby way. Visit Legal Insurrection for more.
As the quote above says, she lived with her parents in the mobile home park, a home that was "the family home" at the time.