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Generally, if the parent voluntarily fails to see his/her minor child for a period of greater than 12 month, providing, the parent was not prevented to visit with the child and did not attempt to see the child, then a Petition to Terminate Parental Rights based on Abandonment can be filed in the local family court and the judge will review the case and will decide whether to terminate parental rights of the biological parent based on abandonment.
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No. It would generally not matter if the father's name on the birth certificate, since it would be the same legal process as I have described.
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