Has the absent parent inflicted or threatened physical violence? If so, notify the police and file for a civil protection order. Consult with a local family law attorney that you can find here on Avvo at the Find-a-Lawyer tab to review the situation and advise you about your options..
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A lot more information is needed to answer your question about a protection order. If the other parent is truly absent and has had no contact then it is unlikely that the court would grant a protection order. Protection order's are for people with a reasonable and likely risk of physical harm.
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Unless there is physical harm or the threat of imminent physical harm then it is unlikely that you would be successful. If you want to keep the parent away from the child then file in court to suspend parenting time between parent and child. Be sure to have ample evidence to support your reasoning, as courts are reluctant to order this unless for good reason.
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