Jonathan, thank you for the additional information. At this time, if you have money to pay, you should contact Oklahoma Child Support Services and speak with them, about making a payment and having it applied to the arrears. This way, when you appear in court for the contempt hearing, you can show the Judge you have been making a good faith effort to comply and become current with what is owed. In addition, you should be prepared to advise the Judge of the situation that has caused this and provide a time line of what has happened, to place you in this position. The Judge will also want to see what efforts have been made to try and find employment, so you may want to consider bringing evidence to support your attempts as well. Moreover, the Judge is going to want to know what you are going to do from here on out, to continue to make payments. While the $1000 is a great start, the Judge is going to want to see more payments made each week or month. If you do not have answers for the Judge or a plan, he/she may take action to compel you to do so. As far as the issue with visitation, it is something which you have a legal right to, as the father and could petition the court for. As long as it is in the best interest of the child
to have visitation with you, it would be ordered. The decision to sign your rights away is entirely up to you but one thing I want to advise you of, is that by doing so, the obligation to pay support and the arrears, may remain. If you voluntarily want to sign your rights away, you can and it would need to do done through the court. The mother would likely want to handle the situation and file the paperwork, since she is the one requesting it, so you could speak with her about how she is going to proceed and cooperate as needed. Remember, once you sign those rights away, you may not be able to get them back, so realize what you are giving up, as well.
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