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    jninla is offline Junior Member
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    Question Legally married parent of minor, Non-custodial abandoned?

    What is the name of your state? Florida

    My husband and father of my 29 month old son left us early July 2006 (18 months ago) when my son was 11 months old and has not looked back. I filed for child support November 2006 to which they could not locate him. He was finally located in November of 2007 and I am still waiting for information regarding the possible garnishing of his wages. The last time he has seen his son (by my arrangement and funding) was in early August 2007. I've been unaware of his address this entire time except a short time he was living with his mother. My concern is, seeing he hasn't payed a single cent in child support willingly or provided any help or concern for me and his son, he is now telling me he is going to file for divorce with joint custody. I am now curious about Florida's law with these issues being he may have legally abandoned us and has therefore forfeited his right as a parent? I am also curious as to the laws pertaining a separation that has exceeded a particular amount of time that may be just cause for some type of voided marriage? Thank you.
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    Ohiogal is offline Senior Member
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    He cannot and does not forfeit his rights as a parent. So get that out of your mind.
    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

    Attorney-GAL in Ohio.

    I've removed the knife from my back, polished it, and will one day return it -- long after you think I have forgotten.
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    Gracie3787 is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by jninla View Post
    What is the name of your state? Florida

    My husband and father of my 29 month old son left us early July 2006 (18 months ago) when my son was 11 months old and has not looked back. I filed for child support November 2006 to which they could not locate him. He was finally located in November of 2007 and I am still waiting for information regarding the possible garnishing of his wages. The last time he has seen his son (by my arrangement and funding) was in early August 2007. I've been unaware of his address this entire time except a short time he was living with his mother. My concern is, seeing he hasn't payed a single cent in child support willingly or provided any help or concern for me and his son, he is now telling me he is going to file for divorce with joint custody. I am now curious about Florida's law with these issues being he may have legally abandoned us and has therefore forfeited his right as a parent? I am also curious as to the laws pertaining a separation that has exceeded a particular amount of time that may be just cause for some type of voided marriage? Thank you.
    In addition to Ohiogal's correct advice:

    To read the laws concerning all of your questions, read all of Florida Statutes chapter 61 at [url]www.flsenate.gov/STATUTES[/url].

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