Originally Posted by s_cianci
You'd have to check local statutes to be sure ; maybe talk with a local attorney. Often, when it comes to issues of "abandonment" and the like, the standard is 180 days which is equivalent to 6 months or half a year. You may, in that time, have to demonstrate a "good faith attempt" to locate him before you can legally claim 'abandonment" (check with friends, relatives, former employers, etc.)
I read Pennsylvania Law, the State Statute, not the local Statute, as "more than one year."