In most states parents do not lose their rights without a court order, and if the court decides that the alienation from the father was due to parental alienation syndrome, the court might assign custody to the other parent.
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It is very difficult to terminate a parent's rights, especially if they are providing financial support for the child. You cannot make a parent visit but you can ask a Judge to order the parent to pay child support and provide health insurance for the child.
If he has NO contact and you marry a man willing to adopt the child, the Judge might allow the step-father to step into the shoes of being daddy. Of course, the father's rights would have to be terminated.
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