We had a daughter out of wedlock and I was forced out of her life early. I joined the army and tried to have a relationship but was constantly ignored. I eventually gave up and our daughter is now 15. I decided enough was enough and hired a lawyer to fight for visitation. In return the mother filed involuntary termination of my parental rights and wants the step father to adopt her. The grounds for termination are for abandonment. As I stated earlier I tried for the first couple of years of our daughters life to try and be in her life but was constantly pushed away. I always felt I never had a chance to win any visitation so I stayed away. I also felt she didn't know who I was and trying to force myself into her life would cause more harm than good. Now that she is a teenager I have decided to try and have a relationship. I have a paid lawyer and so does the mother of our child. A GAL has also been assigned to our daughter. I am owning that I have been absent for a long time but I want to make things right. If I am making a conscious effort to do the right thing will this be acknowledged and can I win this case? Thank you.
Did you ever pay child support? Did you have any visitation at all? These factors will be considered. This is general advice only. You should consult with an attorney.
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