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How long does it take for a child to be considered abandoned by a parent?


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2015-07-15 19:10:14
2015-07-15 19:10:14

6 months to a year. CA Family Law Code

7822. (a) A proceeding under this part may be brought where the child has been left without provision for the child's identification by the child's parent or parents or by others or has been left by both parents or the sole parent in the care and custody of another for a period of six months or by one parent in the care and custody of the other parent for a period of one year without any provision for the child's support, or without communication from the parent or parents, with the intent on the part of the parent or parents to abandon the child.


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The law says about 9 months. But it varies depending which part you are in.

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I would say that if a parent has to ask this question, they have already in some way abandoned their children.

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