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Can a father relinquish parental rights when he pays child

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Can a father relinquish parental rights when he pays child support but is denied communication and visitation if no adoption request has been made?
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Good morning. Is there a court order in place allowing and ordering visitation and communication with the child? Also, does the father want to give up his parental rights or are you asking if the denied communication and visitation would terminate them?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The support orders were set up in Alaska at time of divorce. I lived in Arkansas when things became final. Visitation was set by them that I had to visit in state she resides in, but she was not supposed to remove child from state without my knowledge which she has done several times.

Robert, thank you for the additional information. If she moved out of State and there was a court order in place restricting her relocation, she could be held in contempt of court and you do have a legal right to proceed and bring her before the Judge. You have rights as the father and she can not legally take those away. She did so by moving and would have needed either your consent or permission from the Judge. If neither was obtained, she violated the court order and would need to appear before the Judge, to explain why she failed to comply. A father can give up their legal rights to a child but it does not typically remove their obligation to pay child support, unless the child is adopted. Moreover, only a Judge can take those rights away, so based on the facts that was described above, it does not appear your action were even voluntarily and were a result of what she has done and prevented you from doing.

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