If there is a suit being filed to terminate the biological parents rights joined with a suit for adoption of minor children, but the bio-parent has suddenly agreed to sign a Relinquishment of Parental Rights, who can the witness's be? Does it have to be someone non-related to the parties of the suit, non related to the children...or can it be anybody who is over 18 yrs of age, has proper ID, and is of sound mind to be making a witness statement to this document being signed??
Family Law Attorney
Someone who is not related would be a better choice, but it would depend on the specific facts of the situation whether a particular person was a credible witness.
You should hire an attorney for this process - it is tricky and even experienced attorneys sometimes get lost in it. In addition, know that there will be an attorney ad litem appointed for the child and a social study required by the court.
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It has to be notarized.
I agree that you need an experienced family law attorney to help you with this matter. Judges require the document to meet many criteria. If not done exactly correctly, it will be rejected by the Judge. Terminating a person's rights is a very tricky matter.
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It's best to have no related parties sign notarized statements.
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