My question involves a child custody case from the State of: TN
My question today is how can I get my child back. My husband walked out on me and my 2 year old child almost two months ago. He asked me to see her for christmas and I agreed. He said he would have her home by 8pm. I have not seen her yet. He is stating he will not let me see her until there is a court order. He left and never called to check on her, ask how she was, bought any of her diapers, or even paid for her medicine when she had croop and was admitted in the emergency room. He lives in a house with his mother, father, sister, nephew, and a guy that works for his father stays over there almost every night. His mother is a known drug offender, and has a police record for it. She has also been admitted in to a mental institution. His sister has a record, and I am not sure what the exact charge was, but it was for hitting and killing someone with her car. His other sister, who does not live in the home, but stays frequently, was recently arrested for shop lifting. They are even calling her by a name that is not even hers. It has been six days today that I have not seen my daughter. I have never went more than 24 hours without her before, and now I dont even have a way to contact her. I have spoken with a divorce attorney, but was told it could take 4-6 weeks to even get a hearing to get her back. I wake up in the morning and cry, I cry throughout the day over the smallest thing that reminds me of her, and every night I cry myself to sleep. I am looking into a private invesigator, but would greatly appreciate any additional advice I can get. Her father never even changed her diaper until she was almost 20 months old and I had to go back to work. He works daily, so I know she is being left in the care of his mother who is on medication and is mentally unstable. Please, if you know of anything I can do at all, please let me know.