thanks for seeing this site i'm sure this site is quite helping peoples who has a lack of knowledge in the legalities here in our country.
Atty, i have a illegitimate 3yr old child,i was singed on the back of her BC and she was also using my surname, then 6months ago the mother of my son left the child to me for going to UK for work, supposed to be the agreement is she will send additional financial support for the child since she will be having a great job in there thats why she take the opportunity, but up to now i don't receive any financial assistance from her, one/two times she just send (pasalubong) chocolates,tshirt,toys etc. which i think not considered as financial responsibility for the child, is it true that there is a certain rule under a court that when a child has been abandoned for a series of 12months, a father can file it legally thru a court for the abandonment of the child and having a sole custody for the child, because it would be very harsh for me if after 1 or 2yrs then she will come back and get my son out of me, would this be a ground for her not to easily get my son since i will be having a legal document against her, then she can just file a petition on the court but still my son will be on my custody while the case is being heard on the court
my questions is:
1. how long should be a mother abandoned her child that will the court recognize, then for a father to push the case on the court, so that he will have the custody on the child?
2. does the paper from court or even a municipality having a abandonment paper can be valid for me to have the custody of my son, i mean the she cannot just get my son because she already abandoned him
thanks a lot atty your answer will be a great help for me.