Determining abandonment/and parental rights
We haven't heard from ex in 0ver 5 yrs, ex pays support because of wage garnishment. He never called/wrote...not once. He just called. The child was barely 2 when he left and is now 9. My child knows my husband as his father-my husband has been in his life since he was 2, (and knows nothing of my ex). Does my exs lack of contact constitute abandonment? If so, do I need to file for it or is it automatic? Does his lack of contact still allow him his full parental rights? If we have to go to court, does my child have to be exposed to this, (have to appear in court, ect...)? Thank you.