Foreman, AR asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Arkansas

Q: Is it legal for my husband to sign parental rights away of our infant son in Arkansas if we both agree?

My husband and I are currently separated, and looking to divorce. We have no assets to divide, however, We do have a four month old son together. He believes that if he signs his rights away that he will not have to provide child support for our child, and be free of his parental responsibilities. Will he still be obligated to provide child support?

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Stewart Whaley

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  • Fayetteville, AR
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A: He doesn't understand the subject. If "signing away rights to avoid child support" was that simple, millions of dirtbags would do it.

It IS possible for a parent's child support obligation to terminate, but the situations are quite specific. For example, someone else adopting the child would terminate his duty of child support because he would no longer be a parent.

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