Courts are typically more receptive to a petition to terminate parental rights
when the petition is filed in conjunction with a petition for adoption, so it is usually best to file both at the same time.
and adoptive parents
could come to an agreement with regard to splitting the costs of such an action, but courts are usually reluctant to terminate a parent's rights if that would leave the child with only one parent.
Abandonment is one of the grounds for terminating parental rights under NM law. Here is a link that sets out the various grounds:
Here are the factors a court will normally consider in determining whether abandonment has been proven:
- Left the child without provision for the child’s identification for a period of 14 days; or
- Left the child with others, including the other parent or an agency, without provision for support and without communication for a period of:
- three months if the child was under six years of age at the commencement of the three-month period; or
- six months if the child was over six years of age at the commencement of the six-month period.
Here is a link that provides more information on this issue:
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