The non-custodial parent has not taken his parenting time in almost 4 years, has not followed court orders of going to counseling with the kids and owes a LOT of money in unpaid support. He takes no responsibility or blame for his decision to be a non-existent parent. Now, the kids want to change their last names to mine (which it says they can do in our divorce decree) but he is having a lawyer look at the name paperwork to see if he should "just try to give up all his rights". He doesn't want to pay child support and apparently thinks he can just "give up" his rights and not have to do that any more. I thought that he can't do that and especially just decide that he shouldn't have to pay.
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