After a divorce can one parents rights be terminated completely?

My ex and I divorced 10 years ago with me having sole legal and physical custody. Since then he hasn’t paid support, called, or attempted to see our child in any way. Out of curiosity, I asked my attorney if we could terminate his parental rights and she said no because there wouldn’t be another person to take them... show more My ex and I divorced 10 years ago with me having sole legal and physical custody. Since then he hasn’t paid support, called, or attempted to see our child in any way. Out of curiosity, I asked my attorney if we could terminate his parental rights and she said no because there wouldn’t be another person to take them over in his place. In my state as a single person I could adopt a child from foster care so this doesn’t make sense to me. Does this sound right or should I seek counsel elsewhere?
9 answers 9