She is very unhappy, every time I call she is telling me how horrible her life is & how much she hates it there, says her dad is always making her stay in her bedroom while him & his girlfriend have run of the house.
If the child has resided in Washington State for the previous 6 months, then you will likely need to file a custody modification in WA state. You should consult a WA State family law attorney.
If there is a court order that awarded custody to your child's father, then you need to hire an experienced family law attorney, who regularly practices in the county where that judgment was entered, to file a Motion to Modify the Custody. If there has never been any court case, then you need to hire an attorney to file one, probably in the county where the child resides. That attorney should be able to discuss with you the evidence that you have, and the likelihood of success. Your changes of success likely increase if you relocate to the place that your child is residing. Even if you don't get custody, you may be able to get significantly more custodial time with your daughter than you currently have, especially if you are willing to relocate.
The specific facts are different in each individual case, my response is provided for general, informational purposes only and should not be construed as specific advice directed to any individual person. Since I have not had the opportunity to review all the specific facts and any supporting or explanatory documents in this matter, this general opinion should not be relied upon in your specific case. This communication is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any specific person and should not be construed to create an attorney-client relationship by any individual.
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