Q: if two people have a kid, can a parents obligation for child support be lifted if both parties sign off on it?
Can a legal document be prepared that alleviates the legal obligation to pay child support if both parties sign it?
A: In New Jersey, child support is deemed the right of the child, not the right of the parent. Therefore, many judges will not sign off on a parent waiving it.
As a general statement, the answer is no. Even if the other parent signs an document promising not to seek child support from you as long as you never seek a relationship with the child - neither of you is bound by that agreement. You would always have the right to petition the court to see your child and the other parent always has the right to support from you for the child's benefit.
The only exception is where there is another person is ready to adopt your child and your ex and her partner want you to sign off, giving consent to the adoption. Once the adoption is finalized, then any obligation owed by you to the child ends.
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