Out of my first marriage I had two children they are now 5 and 7. Sence my children was 10 months and 2 years we have been seperated. Our divorce was final in the beginning of 2013. I have remarried and my children have resided in my home with me sence we seperated in January 2011. As of January 2014 my children's father was 3500 behind in child support and could not keep a job because the c hild support would come out abd he would quit and change jobs. I wasn't recieving any help finacially and I was told he aggreed to pay me weekly 70 a week because he said the court order was to high so I dropoed the order thinking some help would be better then not recieving nothing at all. I recieved that 70 dollors twice in the month of January 2014 and have not recieved nothing sence then or prior to that 3500 dollors he was behind as of January 2014 and it is now june 2015. In the past my children's father has not had any type of a stable home where he could visit with them. He has lived in campers or on the couch of familys homes. The only time has seen my children is on christmas of last year and before that he has maybe seen them a handful of times in the last 4 and a half years. He has no license and has a record. What is best that I can do. I would honestly like to terminate his rights as a father of my children. I want what's best for my children and them staying in my stable home is my biggest concern. He is not fit to be a father. O would great appreciate the help. Thanks and God bless.
The clear answer is yes, you can pursue terminating the father's rights in specific circumstances such as non-payment of child support among other things. If you would like to pursue terminating his rights due to nonpayment as well as his lack of involvement with the children, then you would have to do this through regular termination proceedings. An attorney would be highly recommended in these types of cases since they are relatively intricate in requirements to meet the required burden to terminate a person's constitutional rights to parent a child. Therefore, I would advise that you meet with a family law attorney with experience in termination of parent rights proceedings should you desire to terminate the father's rights. The fact that he has not been involved for over six months at all and has not paid child support will significantly help your pursuit in terminating his rights. Good luck!
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