Q: The mother which has custody of my child dropped the child off to visit for an afternoon and has not returned
A: You should talk to a lawyer about the specific circumstances that you are in. There are questions that must be answered such as, how long has it been since she left and has she expressed an intent to return? Also, is there a court order in place regarding the child? If no order is in place then you should talk to a family lawyer about filing a suit affecting the parent child relationship to get an order in place. Such an order is what will govern important issues regarding the child, such as who will designate where the child lives, a visitation schedule, and other rights and duties regarding the child.
If there is an order in place giving the mother the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child and there has been a material and substantial change in circumstances since that order was signed then you could potentially have that order modified. The question about whether there has been a material and substantial change is one that should be discussed with your attorney, but abandonment of the child may be a strong indicator that there has been a material and substantial change, depending on the specifics of course.
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