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What is the law in Florida regarding relinquishment of parental rights?

Casselberry, FL |

My husband has 2 children with his ex wife. She has not allowed him to have contact with them in 10 years. Everytime he has attempted to visit she has refused. He has been unable to locate her in 8 years. Recently he learned that she moved out of Florida with the kids. He wants to give up his parental rights now because it would hurt them more then help them to come back into their lives. He has not paid child support since losing his job 18 months ago. Do u think a judge would allow him to give up his rights?

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  1. No the judge can't allow hims to relinquish his rights under the facts you've presented. A parent not only has rights to their children but obligations. It is against public police in Florida to let someone out of their child support obligation. What he should do is immediately file a Motion to Modify is Child Support - even if he does it him self letting the Court know about this "MATERIAL CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES" since the last support order was entered. This will allow the Court to give him some relief once the situation if brought before the Court.
    The answer may change significantly if there is another man involved that wishes to adopt the children. Then your husband's rights are extinguished once the adoption happens.
    Good Luck


  2. Agreed with previous answer. The only way he has his rights terminated is if there is an adoption.

    As far as locating the children, where does the child support go? If he is supposed to pay the State of Florida, they should have an address fir the mother.

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