My husband has left our household for over a month now. He rarely speaks to my son on the phone he will not speak to me and I do not believe he has any intentions of coming home. We live in New Jersey he now is in Oregon how do I go about filing for child support and possible abandonment charges thank you
There is no such thing as an action for abandonment. You can file in NJ for divorce and seek child support. A NJ Court will be able to obtain jurisdiction over your not yet ex-husband by using the "long arm statue". To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is by retaining an experienced matrimonial attorney. You need the best attorney you can afford, do not let geographic considerations be a factor in your choice of an attorney. Pick the best lawyer you can find and remember one rule: a good lawyer is generally never cheap, and a cheap lawyer is generally never good so don't choose based on price.
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As noted by counsel above, there is no such thing as "abandonment charges". If you truly believe that your husband will not be returning to NJ, then you may want to consider filing for divorce and having all issues between you resolved at one time. This presumes that you have been a NJ resident for at least the last year and that you had "irreconcilable differences" with him for at least the last six months, which would not be surprising in light of the fact that he left and moved across the country. You should seek the advice of experienced divorce counsel and present all of the relevant facts of your case so that you can obtain proper advice on how to proceed forward.
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