My question involves a child custody case from the State of: FLORIDA
I know it is against "public policy" to terminate a parents rights withOUT step parent adoption, however, I want to know if anyone has ever tried?
Parents were BRIEFLY married, during divorce Mother received sole custody, sole time sharing and father ordered to pay child support.
Father has NEVER paid or provided support of any kind, no gifts - nothing.
For the last 11 months, father has seen the child 4 times - at mothers encouragement.
Father is a felon, in and out of jail, substance abuse issues.
Father has a 9 year track record of coming and going from his other childrens lives.
I don't know if this matters but: Mother is financially sufficient, has no state assistance and does not need it. Life insurance, pre-need guardianship, college savings plan, will, etc have all been established.
I cannot imagine it being in the best interest of my child to call someone 'dad' during the short periods he decides he wants to be... Has anyone attempted to terminate the other parents rights? If so, what was your outcome?
Of course I will be using an attorney but I am looking for cases you've handled or personal experience.