Even in sad situations where a father simply wants to be relieved of support obligations or the mother wants to completely remove her ex from her life, a court is unlikely to severe the child’s relationship with his father.In California, this is true despite an agreement between the mother and father to release his parental rights.For example, a voluntary child relinquishment in Missouri might require you to sign local juvenile court consent forms, receive a custody order from that court, appear before the court several times and then obtain a court order severing your parental rights.
Even in sad situations where a father simply wants to be relieved of support obligations or the mother wants to completely remove her ex from her life, a court is unlikely to severe the child’s relationship with his father.In California, this is true despite an agreement between the mother and father to release his parental rights.
The cases in which voluntary termination is sought by one of the child's parents usually involves a stepparent adoption.
A court will most likely approval such a voluntary termination so long as there is an involved stepparent who agrees to fulfill the parent's obligations for the child.
The National Center for State Courts provides a webpage with information for each state and the District of Columbia regarding the statutes and grounds for terminating parental rights (see Resources).
Find the website for your local state court, or go to the clerk's office for the court, for specific information on where to obtain forms and filing procedures regarding release or termination of parental rights. He also has experience in background investigations and spent almost two decades in legal practice.
In some situations, you file a petition for termination of parental rights with a state court, in which you explain to the court why you wish to give up your children.
Court approval is always necessary to legally relinquish your children.
Courts that do not have specific forms available, such as those in Maricopa County, Arizona, usually have information on where to find appropriate forms.
Divorce and difficult parenting situations between ex-spouses and lovers do not provide sufficient grounds for releasing or terminating parental rights.
Relinquishment may mean your children cannot inherit anything from you unless you specifically include them in your will.
Relinquishment is usually permanent and rarely canceled by a court.