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is there a statute of limitations on child abandonment ter

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is there a statute of limitations on child abandonment ters?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Daniel Solutions replied 5 years ago.

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It may not be too late. Arizona law requires abandonment, absent abuse or neglect, to terminate a biological parent’s rights. "Abandonment" means the failure of a parent to provide reasonable support and to maintain regular contact with the child, including providing normal supervision. Abandonment includes a judicial finding that a parent has made only minimal efforts to support and communicate with the child. Failure to maintain a normal parental relationship with the child without just cause for a period of six months constitutes prima facie evidence of abandonment.

Arizona law requires a home study in this matter be conducted and a report submitted to the Court by a licensed adoption agency. The Court must be notified of the agency you have selected at the time of your filing.

So I suggest you obtain a second opinion from a local attorney that is familiar with adoption law. Even if your intent is not necessarily for the child to be adopted by another person because this problem can best be addressed by a local attorney who actually do adoptions and it may be a situation where your prior attorney is not familiar with adoption law.
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