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?
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.
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