Can a father willingly sign his rights off on your child just because he doesn't want to pay child support? 10 Answers as of April 30, 2014

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John Ceci PLLC
John Ceci PLLC | John Ceci
There is no such thing as signing off parental rights in the abstract. Child support continues until a child is adopted or until a court orders no support paid (rare but it happens now and then).
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/30/2014
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
In Florida, the answer would be no. Even if he voluntarily chooses to relinquish any rights to see the child or be involved in the child's life, he still has a legal obligation to support the child financially until the child emancipates, which typically means 18 years of age.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/30/2014
Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
Not without the mothers agreement to it.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 4/30/2014
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
He can try, but unless a court terminates his rights, he will continue to be obligated to pay child support.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 4/30/2014
Home Town Law, P.A.
Home Town Law, P.A. | Sabina Tomshinsky
No, he may not.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 4/30/2014
    D. R. Phillips Law Firm, LLC
    D. R. Phillips Law Firm, LLC | Randy Phillips
    A parent cannot willingly terminate their parental rights so as to avoid child support.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/30/2014
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    He can voluntarily sign off his RIGHTS, but NOT his support OBLIGATION.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/30/2014
    Borzilleri Law Office | Christine Borzilleri
    Generally a parents rights can only be terminated through an adoption or DSS petition. He can relinquish a claim for custody and/or visitation, but in most states he cannot voluntarily terminate his parental rights. He will maintain the obligation to support the child until that occurs.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 4/30/2014
    Family Law & Mediation Services, LLC | Carol Jean Romine
    No - while he may choose not to exercise his "rights" he cannot sign away his "obligations" unless a qualified person is adopting the child and taking over the responsibilities. If he is not paying support, go to the Child Support Division of the Prosecutor's Office in your County.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 4/30/2014
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    He can sign whatever he wants. But he'll still have to pay child support, rights or none.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/30/2014
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