In canada, it's 5 years without an effort to make use of a court ordered visitation schedule. I'm in the process right now and by the sounds of it, my lawyer is going to talk to the judge about my ex still being financially responsible after I file for abandonment. His rights will be terminated except for the child support because technically I sued him and he has an outstanding balance full of debt he owes me.
It could mean a variety of issues. One case can be said parent who has child is the one alienating the child from the other for their own sake (abandoning child from not allowing to see the other parent). Another case can say the visiting parent who is not taking advantage of the visitation is abandoning the child. It depends the scenario and who is all involved in the case.
I'm not sure how it works but I would check with an attorney in your area to deals with family law. They would be the best bet to tell you how it works in your area/state. Good luck!
I'm not sure. I just know that in Texas, if the Mom doesn't see the child in 6 months straight then it's abandonment on her part and she can lose custody of the child to the father. But I don't know how that works filing on the Dad.
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