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If my parental rights are terminated do I still have to pay child support in New York State?

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My ex wife told me if I have my rights terminated then I wont have to pay child support anymore. Is that true?

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  1. Best answer

    Yes, that is correct. However, you cannot voluntarily surrender your rights, just to avoid a child support obligation. Did your former spouse file a petition seeking to terminate your rights? Is someone going to be adopting the child?


  2. Correct, if your parental rights have been terminated so has your obligation to pay child support.

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  3. Your ex-wife is correct. If your rights are terminated, you will not have to pay child support.

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  4. When your rights are terminated it is equal to your not being the father. If you are not the father you have no obligation to pay for support for a child that is not yours.

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