I have two children with my ex. He does not help financially support them and does not see them regularly. He has told my 13 year old daughter to leave his home and not come back. My husband is willing to assume responsibility for both of my children.
The only way to terminate the father's rights, is for your husband to seek to adopt them. If the Father consents to the adoption, the process, while still involved, would be completed more quickly and without the need for a trial (although there will be court appearances). If the child support and lack of involvement is substantial enough, even if the Father does not consent to the adoption, a court may grant it. Have you spoke to the children's father about whether or not he is serious about being in their lives? There is a difference between a parent acting indifferent vs. accepting that he will no longer have parental rights.
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