My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: TN
So, the father of my child, hasn't paid a cent to child support in over two years. (Thousands in arrears, and already spent time in county for non payment.)The child is only seven, and only sporadically sees him, like two days out of the month. We were never married, so there is no parenting plan. Child support only exists due to me being on state assistance when I was younger.
I was looking at TN law (36-1-102) , and noticed I could file for abandonment if no support has been paid for four months.
i) For a period of four (4) consecutive months immediately preceding the filing of a proceeding or pleading to terminate the parental rights of the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the child who is the subject of the petition for termination of parental rights or adoption, that the parent(s) or guardian(s) either have willfully failed to visit or have willfully failed to support or have willfully failed to make reasonable payments toward the support of the child;
What happens when this is done? How is it filed? Would it be easier since I am now married?