My boyfriend has a child with his ex girlfriend and is trying to put himself on child support. He doesn't have the desire to visit with the child and the mother does not want him in the child's life, however, she still wants him to pay, but doesn't want my boyfriend to be on child support since it will give him rights to visitation. Is there anything my boyfriend can do to avoid paying since the mother does not want him around?
State/Country relating to question: Texas
My boyfriend has gone to the Attorney General's Office to file paperwork to be put on child support, but when he asked the mother of his child for the child's information, like her social security number, for the paperwork she refused to give it to him. She also told him she does not want him on child support because she doesn't want him in the child's life, but she still wants money from him.
Hello and thank you for choosing JustAnswer!In Texas, visitation and child support cannot be enforced until the father's legal Paternity has been established. If his name is XXXXX XXXXX the birth certificate and they were not married then it's likely that he would still need to establish paternity to enforce visitation and she would need to establish paternity (and allow him to visit with the child) before enforcing child support payments.If he wants to enforce his right to visit the child then he can file a motion to establish paternity (which the Attorney's General Office should be able to assist him with) and a motion for custody (if he wants to have the child with him sometimes). If he doesn't want to have contact with the child then he might want to consider terminating his Parental Rights so that she cannot make him pay child support.If he has not been established as the father then she cannot force him to pay child support.I hope this has helped. Please let me know if you need me to further clarify my answer and I will do my best to further clarify. Thank you and I wish you all the best!RobertPlease remember to click “Accept” once you are satisfied so that I may be compensated for my work. While of course not required, positive feedback and/or a bonus are greatly appreciated if I have been helpful. To request my assistance again in the future, please go to the following link and enter your question on my profile page:http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-askrobert/
He has established paternity and has seen a lawyer to terminate his parental rights and was told if he did, then he would still have to pay child support since there was no one else to sign his rights over to. How would he be able to terminate his rights and not have to pay child support?
Thank you for your follow-up.I will defer to the attorney. I was thinking in terms of getting her to sign an agreement to not seek child support in exchange for the termination of his parental rights. This should be checked with a local attorney representing the parent.I hope this has helped. Please let me know if you need me to further clarify and I will do my best to so clarify.Thank you,Robert
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