Abandonment Leaves a Scar for Life
Video Transcribed: What is child abandonment in the state of Oklahoma? Hi, I’m Oklahoma attorney Brian Glass.
Child abandonment in the state of Oklahoma can be defined as the willful intent by words, actions, or omissions, not to return to the child, or the failure to maintain a significant parent-child relationship with significant visits, meaning overnight visits. This can look a number of different ways, but the token visits, visits here and there, will not constitute or negate allegations of abandonment.
Also, if the parent, guardian, or custodial person of the minor child is served with notification of a deprived child action and they do not show up to the court proceeding, this can also be an act of abandonment. Abandonment also is defined as the lack of either meaningful visitation or the lack of financial support within 12 of the last 14 months. If that can be proven, then the parent, guardian, or caretaker can be brought on charges of abandonment and can face these charges. There are a number of different consequences entailing that.
If you have any questions regarding child abandonment or any other legal questions, you can follow up with me, a Chickasha child custody lawyer, at chickashalawyer.com.