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Good evening. Can you tell me if there are any court orders regarding the child - custody, visitation or support?
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Are there any court orders in effect regarding the child, custody, visitation or support?
If there is an order of child support in place, child support can only be collected from the date that the order was entered by the court. If there is no order currently in effect, while the court has the power to order support from the date of separation, typically, the order for support is only effective from the date of filing with the court.
However, if the father has avoided service of the support suit or has hidden his location the court will be more likely to grant retroative support.
Please let me know if I can provide any other information.
Termination of parental rights is difficult to accomplish unless the non-custodial parent consents to the termination and there is another father figure (step-parent) ready to step in and assume parental responsibility (especially financial). If the father is not ready to consent, it can still be accomplished; however, is more difficult and I would strongly recommend that she retain an attorney to help with the matter as she will need to show that the biological father has 'abandoned' the child (emotionally and financially).