Legal Question in Family Law in South Carolina

child abandonment laws

how long without contact is considered

child abandonment in s.c.? my ex-

husband has joint custody but has not

contacted me or my son since april. i

heard 6 months but i've also heard a


Asked on 7/08/09, 1:27 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Ben Stevens The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center

Re: child abandonment laws

He has not violated any law because the child was not abandoned because the child is with you, the other parent. If you are asking how long must he not visit before you can try to terminate his parental rights, then that period is six months, provided the failure to visit is willful.

These are complex issues, and it is important that they be handled correctly. Therefore, it is important that you consult an experienced family law attorney to find out what options are available to you based on the facts of your particular case.

If you need more information, you can visit my family law blog ( or our website ( I wish you the best of luck.

Ben Stevens

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Answered on 7/08/09, 7:43 am

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