Q: My son's father has not seen him in over 3 years how do I go about terminating his rights
My son's father has not seen him in over 3 years, he has criminal and federal charges on his account he has never paid child support and would not sign the birth certificate. But we did get a paternity test for the ORS but whenever they contact him about child support he quits his job.
A: There are two basic options in terminating parental rights. First, you could try for a voluntary termination of his parental rights and he can sign away his parental rights. This is the fastest, easiest, and simplest way to terminate parental rights. The other way is involuntary termination of parental rights. If you are interested in this, you need to show that he has either abandoned the child, abused or neglected the child, and a few other options. From what you have said, it sounds like you have a good case to show abandonment. Of course, I would recommend consulting with an attorney if you want to seriously pursue involuntary termination.
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