Yes, the mother can have full custody of the child if the father's name is not on the birth certificate and he has not paid any child support. However, if you just didn't want the father's name on the birth certificate at the time the baby was born, but received child support then you may have trouble getting full custody.
You gain full custody for a child by telling the judge you want full custody.
You file a motion with the court.
Yes she can.
Yes, but it's not easy.
If he has abandoned the mother, talk to a lawyer. There may be a law in your state that after so many years of 'abandonment' custody is automatic. Get a lawyer and file for full custody if abandonment is not the issue.
No, you slowly make it harder, i.e. first use half, if father continues declining, file full custody
In most cases you can. If you have a good argument for why you should receive either full or shared custody, file a motion with the local family court (or the court that has jurisdiction).
YES YOU CAN . once you have full custody you have the right to move wherever you want to that's the reason you file for custody right...the the reason full custody was ordered to give you full permission to do whatever you want ..the court gave u full custody only because they see you are a fit parent at the time of filing. however the father can file for full custody in the future but i doubt he will get it since the child bee living with you for so many years and you were the sole provider
File a motion for full guardianship of a child in need of care.
Well you can but the court will not find that a good reason to take custody away from her.