TN laws on abandonment
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United States

#1 Nov 24, 2012
If a parent has not contacted/nor even attempted to make contact with their child in almost a year,has NEVER provided support (child support,insurance,school activities etc...) can their rights be terminated? And if so,what is the procedure? I know that you have to obtain a lawyer,but what happens after that? What do u have to prove? Does the person have to try and make contact with the absent parent?
Molly

United States

#2 Nov 26, 2012
There has to be an adoption by someone else before parental rights can be terminated. Your question is missing some important info. If you have someone to adopt (usually a step-parent) then the judge is required to make a finding of "abandonment". Your description appears to meet that standard. However, if there's no adoptive parent waiting, a natural parent can't arbitrarily surrender their rights or have them taken away.
guest

United States

#3 Nov 26, 2012
Molly wrote:
There has to be an adoption by someone else before parental rights can be terminated. Your question is missing some important info. If you have someone to adopt (usually a step-parent) then the judge is required to make a finding of "abandonment". Your description appears to meet that standard. However, if there's no adoptive parent waiting, a natural parent can't arbitrarily surrender their rights or have them taken away.
Thank you for the info. No,there is not a step-parent in the picture.
guest

United States

#4 Nov 26, 2012
Molly wrote:
There has to be an adoption by someone else before parental rights can be terminated. Your question is missing some important info. If you have someone to adopt (usually a step-parent) then the judge is required to make a finding of "abandonment". Your description appears to meet that standard. However, if there's no adoptive parent waiting, a natural parent can't arbitrarily surrender their rights or have them taken away.
So basically,if this piece of shit calls then I have to hand my child over to a 'stranger' because that is basically what he is to my child?
Molly

United States

#5 Nov 26, 2012
No. Not without a court ordered parenting plan. If the other parent wants to see the child and you refuse they can petition the court for visitation. However, visitation rights also come with child support. Basically you don't have a problem until it becomes a problem, if that makes sense.
guest

United States

#6 Nov 26, 2012
Molly wrote:
No. Not without a court ordered parenting plan. If the other parent wants to see the child and you refuse they can petition the court for visitation. However, visitation rights also come with child support. Basically you don't have a problem until it becomes a problem, if that makes sense.
Well,I have a parenting plan w him. He is supposed to pay child support but never has. He is at least $18,000 behind. He was visiting his child then all of a sudden quit. Haven't heard fr him since.
guest

United States

#7 Nov 26, 2012
Are u in the legal field or know this from experience?

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