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Relinquish parental rights

Discussion in 'Paternity Law & DNA Tests' started by Jimmy, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Jimmy

    Jimmy Law Topic Starter New Member

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    When should a non-custodial parent begin proceedings to relinquish parental rights, before or after paternity is established?
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    A parent who, in the case of females establishes maternity at birth, an unmarried male establishes paternity through the courts and DNA testing.

    A married male is the putative father by virtue of the marriage.

    Once paternity has been legally established, not simply asserted, only the state can revoke your paternity.

    That is done after you do horrible, unspeakable things to your child(ren), REPEATEDLY.
    Yeah, you get a couple or three free passes USUALLY at doing horrible, unspeakable things to your babies.

    Bottom line, its a rare day when a man can disestablish or voluntarily have his paternal rights and responsibilities stripped from him by a court.

    So, keep paying that child support, or tell the baby daddy the state doesn't allow the old catfish to get off the hook easily.
     
  3. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    After is best
     
  4. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    Not only is afterward best, it simply wouldn't be possible before.
    As explained above, you'll find it is not easy to just give up your responsibilities to a child. The state has an interest in holding you responsible as long as possible.
     
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  5. leslie82

    leslie82 Well-Known Member

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    Why are you intent on voluntarily relinquishing your rights? You are going to have a battle. It is usually pretty hard to do that anymore. The state doesn't like it as an excuse for people to get out of child support. Generally there needs to be someone willing to adopt the child (stepparent adoption) or if there's some serious issues that state will relinquish it.

    You can't even do it before paternity is established because there is no father before that.
     

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