My child is 3 1/2 years old now and his father has not kept him for more than 12 hrs at any one time. He lived with me for a while because I wouldn't allow is children "Not related to me" to live on the streets. During the time that he lived with me he made it a point to avoid spending time with our child and now that we no longer live in the same house he has not contacted me for any type of visitation.
You will need to prove that no contact with the only father your child has serves the best interests of the child. While it is always regrettable when parents choose to be nonresponsive to their child, the right to contact belongs to the child and courts are loathe to "punish" a reluctant parent at the request of the other parent, no matter how well-meaning is the request. Someday that father may wake up to functioning as a father, and it would be cruel to the child to prevent that contact. While you are thinking about this subject, it would be helpful to reflect on what you have done to facilitate contact, because the most loving thing one parent can do for their child is to make it easier for the other parent to have a meaningful relationship with the child.
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