I want to sign them over to their father
Despite widespread mythology, this is not how the law of parenthood works. No parent can effectively walk away from parental obligations by signing anything. Parental rights can only be terminated by court order and, except where petitioned by the state or in connection with a pending adoption, courts just don't do it. Further, if you are not married to the child's father, he must take action to establish his own parental rights. Please rethink this unfortunate plan, and consult with local experienced family counsel to formulate a better plan that will meet your objectives.
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No, you cannot "sign over" your rights. You need to go to court and have your rights terminated and the father need to have full custody of the children.
It's time to speak to an experienced family law attorney in your area.
Dawn M. Saenz is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the California Supreme Court, and cannot give advice about the laws of other jurisdictions. All comments on this site are intended for informational purposes only, and are not intended to constitute legal advice, create an attorney-client relationship, or solicit business. No posts or comments on this site are in any way confidential. Each case is unique. Information not contained in these posts may create significant exceptions to the advice provided in any response. You are advised to have counsel at all stages of any legal proceeding, and to speak with your own lawyer in private to get advice about your specific situation.
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