Please help me to get my daughter back.
I have a 5 year old daughter. I was separated from her after my divorce when custody was awarded to the mother, despite the family advocate seeing me as the significant parent in the child's life. This was due to a court system biased against dads.
I used to see her 1-2 times a week till her mother moved to a city 600km away. It affected our relationship with me only being able to see her once a month and unable to keep track of her well-being. From birth, her mum has never shown her the love, care and affection a child needs.
Last year September, my daughter Tab's (now 5) was admitted to hospital with severe fecal loading (a condition in which the large intestines distend and food accumulates/rots dangerously in these pockets). The pediatrician investigated her condition and found signs of poor nutrition and diet for a prolonged period (at least 3 months) as well as signs of possible abuse.
I made an urgent application to remove her from her mother's (lack of) care and a possibly abusive environment. In the mean time the investigations have begun and her mum refuses to share expenses of investigating professionals (social worker, educational psychologist...) The legal process is lengthy and expensive. I can no longer keep up and need to reach out to the greater community for any form of assistance. The case will stall if I run short.