I am a Zambian living in Canada . I met my son's father, we fell in love, had a child, got engaged, and then things didn’t work out so we separated.
In fear of me leaving Canada, he filed for joint custody and requested for the passport of my son to be in his possession. For more context, I am here alone in Canada, with no other family.
My son's father is not paying any child support and barely sees him. I am struggling financially and I need my village to help raise my child. I have been in Canada for 6 years, working and raising my child on my own but now it’s becoming overwhelming. Especially with inflation to add.
I did speak to him about leaving to go back to Zambia and giving me the passport. He refused to give it to me. Mind you, he doesn’t pay any child support and sees his son every 3-4 months.
I feel trapped.
What to do next? Even if I file for full custody, I do not have the extra funds to hire a family lawyer right now. And the job search for better employment is hell.