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What is Child Abandonment

what is child abandonment child

abandonment occurs when parents

relinquish parental duties and rights

abandonment statutes and jurisdictions

may vary but what is common to most is

that parents fail to communicate with

the child or provide financial support

in the necessities for living over an

extended period of time such as six

months the statutes often apply to minor

children less than 18 years old a child

is not considered a Bandhan if the

custodial parent or other caregiver

prevented the parent accused of

abandonment from accessing the child

discouraging visitation and causing an

inability to communicate with the child

can also be brazed as legal defenses to

defeat claims of child abandonment

parents who abdicate responsibility for

communicating with her providing

financial support for their children may

be charged with child abandonment under

criminal laws in many jurisdictions the

failure of a parent to provide a minor

child with shelter or to pay for the

child's medical treatment is a

punishable offense that can result in

fines imprisonment or both child

abandonment is often a family court

manner in which custodial parents must

first prove abandonment before they can

proceed with adoption procedures all

illegally terminate the other parents

rights for example a stepfather who

wants to adopt an abandoned child may

not be able to do so until the

biological mother files a petition to

the court showing that a child is

abandoned and obtains a court order

declaring so the determination of

whether the child is abandoned is often

made on a case-by-case basis but courts

do refer to guidelines to help them

evaluate the facts presented in each

case child neglect is one of the main

factors of child abandonment cases for

example the custodial parent can show

that the other parent has withdrawn all

child support which indicates a neglect

many abandonment statutes also require

the parent to show that the neglect was

not temporary the custodial parent must

often prove that the intent of the other

parent is to give up all of her duties

and rights permanently some statutes

include a time period that must elapse

prior to filing a child abandonment case

in order to show that intent

if a custodial parent discourages

visitation refuses to accept financial

support or prevents access to a minor

child then he is often not successful in

winning an abandonment case a parent who

is accused of abandonment may not be

able to communicate with the child or

provide the necessities of life for

example if the parent is imprisoned then

the courts may not agree that the parent

has abandoned the child