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Q: In Arizona if the biological father has not had contact with child in more than a year does he still have rights?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Mike Branum

  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Until a court terminates his rights, a biological father retains them; so, yes, he does still have rights.

Rich J. Peters

  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Yes, he still has rights until the other parent takes steps to "severe" those rights. Under Arizona law, 6 months of no contact and no support can constitute "abandonment" which can warrant a severance of parental rights. There is more to it, though, so I would need to know more.

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