Can I sign over my rights so that I dont have to pay child support? 24 Answers as of June 09, 2013

Can I as a parent sign over my rights and not be responsible for child support?

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Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
You cannot get out of paying child support simply by signing away your parental rights. The only way that you would be relieved of your obligation for child support would be if someone else were to adopt your child. Custody and child support are not dependent on each other therefore relinquishing your rights does not relieve you of an obligation to provide support for your child.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/2/2011
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
No. The law allows your parental rights to be terminated when it is in the best interest of the child. What you are asking is if you can put your own self-interest (desire to not pay support) above the welfare of the child and that is not permitted by law.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/30/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
No. You cannot voluntarily sign off on rights to a child to avoid a financial obligation.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/29/2011
Dunnings Law Firm
Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
No.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/9/2013
Michael D. Fluke, P.A.
Michael D. Fluke, P.A. | Michael D. Fluke
You can sign over your rights, but you will still have to pay child support unless the child is adopted. I suggest you consult an experienced Family Law attorney to discuss your case in greater detail and learn all of your rights and options. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/29/2011
    Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
    Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
    Generally, the courts will not allow a parent to sign over his parental rights (and responsibilities) unless there is another person willing to step into their shoes, as in a step-parent adoption.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    If there is an agreement to terminate your parental rights.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    No. Even if you are able somehow, to turn off your rights to the child, that doesn't terminate the child's right to support from you. The only way your obligation to pay support gets turned off is if someone else adopts the child. For example, suppose you are the father of the child and you and the mother are divorced. If the mother remarries, and the new husband adopts the child, then, that will terminate the obligation to pay future support.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    You should always see a lawyer about your rights and responsibilities. The simple, general answer to your question is: No.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    There has to be a Court determination that terminates the parental rights.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Hugo Florido ESQ.
    Hugo Florido ESQ. | Hugo Florido
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/9/2013
    Willick Law Group
    Willick Law Group | Marshal S. Willick
    Doesn't work that way; a simple relinquishment terminates rights, but not support obligations; in Nevada, a judge must a approve a formal Termination of Parental Rights for that to happen.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    "Sign over" to whom?If someone is standing up to take over responsibility for the child you're suppose to be responsible for by adopting the child, then you can "sign over" your rights.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
    Arkansas generally allows a parent to relinquish their parental rights for adoption say by a step-parent but not just to stop child support.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    No. There is no such thing as what you ask. The right to support belongs to the child. Your failure to pay support until the child is grown will very possibly land you in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
    In a step-parent adoption case or when mom does not name you on birth certificate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    No. You are legally responsible for financial support until the child is grown or adopted by someone else.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    Only if someone adopts the child(ren). A child needs food, clothing and a place to sleep at night.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    No, unless someone is going to adopt.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Maclean Chung Law Firm
    Maclean Chung Law Firm | G. Thomas MacLean Jr.
    If your parental rights are terminated, than you would not be obligated for support. Usually this comes up in cases where a stepparent wants to adopt your child, and you would consent to terminating your parental rights and not be obligated to pay further support. However, if the only reason you want to terminate your parental rights is to not pay support, that is not going to be granted. It's usually something that is requested by the other parent or a government agency.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Not really. You can't have your rights terminated until someone else adopts your child to take your place. You can try to negotiate for No Custody in exchange for No Support.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/29/2011
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC | Vincent J. Bernabei
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/9/2013
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