I Have 3 Children with my ex Husband( the minor children in question have had little to no contact with him in over 3 years) and he wants to voluntarily relinquish his rights to the minor children and I have no objections, is there a way to do this without paying for a high priced Lawyer? and if so what steps do I/we need to take to do this?
Attorney aside, it is very difficult for one parent to simply agree to terminate parental rights when there isn't another parent trying to step in (like a stepparent adoption) or when the state is not involved in trying to remove the children. If that's not the case, the court will probably deny the request. Most likely, your ex wants to terminate to avoid child support. That won't work. Unless the children are being adopted by a replacement parent, he will still owe support even if the court terminates. So, why would he want to do this?
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I agree that you need to meet with an attorney who practices in this area. The courts will generally not accept a voluntary relinquishment without another standing in the wings, but if the remaining parent has no objection, and if the remaining parent is financially able to support the children such that it is not foreseeable that the children will be on the state rolls, the remaining parent can file a Petition to TPR, and the other parent can sign a consent to have his rights terminated, or merely not answer. The reason is generally that the remaining parent wants to be able to make an estate plan for the children without fear that an absent parent could come in years later upon the remaining parent's death, and take the kids (and get social security for the kids.) But the Washoe judges may have a different view so meeting with an attorney who practices in Washoe and knows this area specifically is critical.
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