Berryville, AR asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arkansas

Q: Can my husband have his parent rights terminated after 7 years no contact or child support?

My husband has been served paperwork. His ex-girlfriend's husband wants to adopt his biological daughter. The paper work says that he was classified as abandonment because he has not spoken with his daughter or paid child support in over 7 years. He has tried to see his daughter many times previously and was denied. The mother would not allow him to see her and never pursued for child support. My husband very much wants to be in her life and pay child support for her and he always has wanted this. We have hired a lawyer and will be meeting with her in a couple of weeks since she is out on vacation right now. We will fight this adoption and he wants to have court ordered visitation and child support. I was hoping for a quicker response here since I won't meet my lawyer for a couple of weeks. Can his parental rights be terminated even though he wants to be in the child's life and pay child support but was denied this previously by the mother?

1 Lawyer Answer

James E Hensley Jr

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Conway, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: Get a real lawyer. You should not have to wait 3 weeks. Your husband will have some trouble but the mother will have some real trouble saying dad abandoned the child.

Jim Hensley

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