Washington, DC asked in Family Law for Virginia

Q: Can I take my son’s father’s parental rights away from him?

My son’s father is on child support and has been since our son was 6 months old. However, he only pays when they take it from him and he’s never met him and he’s still $40,000 behind and has no interest in meeting him or getting to know him. He told me to leave him alone because he has other kids to take care of and I don’t bother him. My question is, if I take the child support away, does that take away his parental rights as well or how does that work?

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Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott

A: Taking someone's obligation to pay child support away does not take their parental rights away. There is a process for him to relinquish his parental rights and you would have to speak with a family law attorney in your area to find out how that is done.

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