Las Vegas, NV asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Nevada

Q: If a parent has been absent for 6 years and doesn’t pay child support would that be child abandonment?

If it is child abandonment, would the mother still have to petition through the courts for him to sign over his parental rights?

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Bonnie M Lonardo
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Bonnie M Lonardo
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Licensed in Nevada

A: In Nevada, abandonment occurs after a 6 month absence from the child. However, the absence doesn't automatically amount to giving up the parental rights to the child. The mother would have to file with the court to have the rights terminated.

Janice Jacovino agrees with this answer

Janice Jacovino
Janice Jacovino
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  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Licensed in Nevada

A: I agree with the other answer but have an additional comment. Abandonment is not only not financially supporting the child. It consists on no contact and no effort to see or contact the child.

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