Child Support

How many years must a parent be absent in their child's life to have their parental rights terminated?



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There are no set time limits for such action. Several states do have laws that relate to the time period in which a parent can be charged with abandonment of a child, abandonment being defined as non-support, not the physical act itself. Termination of parental rights are based on the merits of the case in question. The reason being that circumstances can be such that the absentee parent has no control over the matter, such as being incarcerated, military duty, physical impairments, geographical conflicts and so forth.