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Abandonment
1) Giving up a right, generally of ownership, with the intention never to claim it again. 2) In family law, leaving a spouse or child(ren) with the intent not to return. In some cases, such as adoption, abandonment will be presumed if the parent fails to contact or support the child for a specified period of time.
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