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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help with the legal costs to bring my daughter back to the UK. She was taken by her father for “a week away abroad” 8 months ago...

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I’m in the middle of a horrible court battle with my ex husband who had taken our daughter for a week holiday abroad in July 2017 and failed to come back. At the moment they are in Bulgaria and I haven’t seen my little girl Maria for 7 months.

I’ve left my husband in November 2016 because of his controlling and manipulative behaviour and after years of emotional, financial and physical abuse. We went to court to deal with the child arrangements over our daughter Maria, Mary (as we call her for short) was 6 years old at that time. The social services and the judge recommended shared child arrangements and the order was in place in May 2017. Mary’s dad wasn’t happy about it, pretended in front of the officials he accepted the recommendations but actually started planning his evil plan. He showed in court return flight tickets for Paris, for one week before my planned holiday with Mary.

10th July 2017, one day after my birthday, was the last day I saw her for very very long period of time. He failed to bring her back and simply disappeared. For almost 2 weeks I didn’t know where my daughter was. Then the police confirmed they are in Bulgaria, where we are originally from. He changed his phone numbers, blocked me on the social media, Skype, etc. He stopped me from seeing and communicating with my little girl in all possible ways. The police and social services said we need to resolve this matter in court and they can’t do anything about it but I have every right to see her.

When I tried to make a contact with Mary in January (after I received the first social report with their address and school information), I waited in front of the school but the staff were aware and hid her. Then I went to the apartment building and saw them coming back home half an hour later. All I wanted was 5 minutes to tell her that I didn’t leave her behind, I love her to bits and want her back. He started shouting I’m trying to abduct her and made a huge scene… People around us called the police and again the response was “deal with this in court”.

I’ve started a Hague convention procedure for returning the child to her habitual residence. Mary was raised in the UK and Bristol is like hometown to her. She didn’t even speak Bulgarian much before being abducted by her father. The court proceedings are in front of the court in Sofia. The procedure is very slow and difficult and I’m running out of hope and money for solicitors, expertises and flight tickets every two weeks (after the last court hearing in February, the judge finally ordered visiting times and I’m allowed to see my sweetheart for an hour and a half every second Friday because of the distance issues).

In those very stressful times I’ve decided to start this crowdfunding page with a great hope in my heart I would be able to win this battle. It looks like going public is the only way. I want my daughter back, love her with all my heart and there’s not even one single day I haven’t cried my eyes out because I miss her so so much!

Please help a mother and a daughter to be together again! Thank you very much for the support in advance! Every penny counts in this fight to get my precious girl back!


May 2018 - I won the Hague Convention case.

June 2018 - The father appealed and still waiting for a court date

July 2018 - One year since I’m separated with my daughter 😢

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  • Daniela Sedmakova1 month ago
    Daniela Sedmakova

    Daniela Sedmakova

    1 month ago

    I’ll be there for her, waiting to hold her hand again and go through the life together, no matter what it will cost me and how long it will take me. Love her with all my heart! ❤️

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  • Daniela Sedmakova1 month ago
    Daniela Sedmakova

    Daniela Sedmakova

    1 month ago

    Shared child arrangements are the best for a young child at the age of 6, so she can see her mommy and daddy equally, even if they are not together anymore. Shared parenting means to put your child first, to let go of all adult grudges, to leave the skeleton in the wardrobe, to look forward, to do what’s the best for your child. His parenting failed. He wanted it all. Hope he will realise his mistakes one day. Hope the little girl Mary will grow strong and independent woman and forgive him when she realises his mistakes too.

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  • Daniela Sedmakova1 month ago
    Daniela Sedmakova

    Daniela Sedmakova

    1 month ago

    Exactly one year ago after having an amazing birthday picnic in the sunshine with my lovely friends and my beautiful Mary, my life changed, my precious little girl was taken away from me... exactly one year ago I was holding her hand for the last time on the way to take her to her father for a one week trip to France. He failed to return her, he failed to be a responsible and reasonable parent, he failed on so many levels and the simplest one is the one the children were taught at the nursery - sharing. Sharing is caring.

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Page last updated on: 8/10/2018 7:35 AM



  • Kaloyan Kolev

    Kaloyan Kolev

    Aug 10, 2018

  • Zornitsa Atanasova

    Zornitsa Atanasova

    Jul 11, 2018

    Диде, желая ти много и скорошен успех в тази невъзможна ситуация. Дано много скоро да можеш да пергърнеш скъпото си момичнеце и да сте отново заедно.

  • Tsveta Krasteva

    Tsveta Krasteva

    Apr 29, 2018

    Good luck!

  • Stiliyan Mitkov

    Stiliyan Mitkov

    Apr 3, 2018


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    Apr 2, 2018

    Успех, Диди!

  • Lauren Macmillan

    Lauren Macmillan

    Mar 30, 2018

    I hope you get her back soon Daniela


  • Anonymous


    Mar 29, 2018

    Every little helps 💜

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Daniela Sedmakova

Daniela Sedmakova

Bristol, UK

I’m a Bulgarian, living in the UK since 2008. I have a lovely 7 year old girl called Maria. I work part time so I can look after her. I’ve got separated with my husband because of domestic abuse and a shared child arrangement court order was in place but he breached it.

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