Q: Is there a way to give up my parental rights without having to involve the other parent?
I told my ex that I wanted to give up my rights after she mentioned me doing so herself and she responds with a lawyer serving me with child support that I can't afford. If I pay child support it's going to make my family lose everything.
A: No, Tennessee law requires parents to support their children. The only way to escape that obligation is to have another person assume it - by adopting the child. An adoption will terminate the parental relationship and establish a new parental relationship. The other parent will have to consent to the adoption.
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