I am owed 7k in child support arrears. The birth father contacted me wanting to terminate parental rights as he has never had any contact with the child. Will he still owe the arrears?
Judges in Ingham County don't just let parents terminate their parental rights. There's much more to it. However, the arrears will remain unless something can be done to eliminate them. If the mother or child collected public benefits, the money could still be owed to the state. You should hire an experienced family law attorney in Lansing to advise you.
Mr. Kronzek's advice is correct. Arrears don't go away unless the state permits it, and it only permits it to happen in special circumstances. Please hire a local attorney to represent you in this matter. As for termination, Mr. Kronzek is also correct.
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Counsel is correct.
Additionally, unless there is a spouse who is willing to step up and adopt the child, it is highly unlikely the father will have his rights terminated. Many dead beat parents think they can just "give up their rights" and child support will go away. They are incorrect.
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