If I ask to terminate my parental rights, am I still obligated to pay child support? 12 Answers as of February 20, 2014

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The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter, P.L.L.C. | Jessica M. Cotter
Yes, your obligation to support your child continues until that child is adopted by another.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 2/20/2014
Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC
Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC | Annette M. Cox
Until the child is adopted in your place, then you are still obligated to pay child support.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 2/20/2014
GordenLaw, LLC
GordenLaw, LLC | Vanessa J. Gorden
If your rights are terminated, you have no ability to see the child and no responsibility to pay support. However, you can't just "ask" and have it done. In 99% of cases, your child must have a stepparent willing to adopt him or her in order for the judge to allow you to give up your rights and responsibility to support this way.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 2/19/2014
Bruce Lamb
Bruce Lamb | Bruce Lamb
Requests to terminate parental rights are frequently not granted.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 2/19/2014
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
No. Once the Judge enters the order terminating your parental rights, you obligation to pay child support ends.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 2/19/2014
    Law Offices of Julie A. Ringquist | Julie A. Ringquist
    You may choose not to exercise your rights to bond with your child and have parenting time with your child, but you are still obligated to financially support that child, as it is the child's right to be supported by both parents to the extent they are each reasonably able.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    John Russo | John Russo
    No, but there is only one catch, YOU CANNOT TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    No you will not be liable for any support going forward.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Provda Law Firm
    Provda Law Firm | Bruce Provda
    If your parental rights are terminated, then you would not be responsible for child support. However, just asking for it doesn't work unless the court orders it.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    If no one is adopting the child, the court will probably not allow you to terminate your rights. So you will still be obligated to pay child support.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 2/19/2014
    J. Barbour Rixey, P.C.
    J. Barbour Rixey, P.C. | J. Barbour Rixey
    You cannot voluntarily terminate your parental rights.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 2/19/2014
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