My ex son in law (a former police officer gone bad) is serving his third go 'round in prison. He's agreed to sign over his parental rights to his two children. (He has seen the boys twice in the past year, paid virtually no child support, and been too busy with his own life to bother with them.) My daughter has remarried, and her new husband would like to adopt the children, but we've been told there is a $5,000 cost per child for adoption (they DO NOT have any money). So we have a few questions:
1. Can the father sign over rights WITHOUT someone adopting them? Would he be absolved of child support obligations?
2. In Texas, is there a fee for adoption?
3. What is the process for signing over rights? Would we need a lawyer or can it be done without one? (They can't afford one)