Q: biological ‘father’ has not seen child, no financial contribution, or communication with mother in over a year.
is this considered abandonment? termination of rights..? child’s DOB is 1/3/19. last seen early october 2019, last heard from late september 2019. last financial contribution late august 2019. sent email this past weekend asking to see child.. located in montgomery county maryland
A: Parental rights may only be terminated through a formal court proceeding. The long absence may be considered when determining custody, but it is not a termination of rights. Without a court order both parents have equal rights to parent the child. You should file for custody to determine financial support of the child and an apportionment of the rights.
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