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DearCustomer- It is rather easy to terminate your rights as a parent by simply not exercising them. In other words, if you have visitation rights and don't exercise them then you have terminated those rights. You cannot be forced to visit or to participate in the life of your child.
It is not so easy to terminate your responsibilities however. In order to terminate or change child support in any way you would have to have approval from the court that issued the order. Most courts will not permit someone to simply terminate support payments unless the child is being adopted by another parent.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law
Even if anything until the court approves the termination. Once again, support is an obligation, not a right and the court makes those decisions based on the best interest of the child, not the parent.
You would need to file a Motion to Terminate Support. There are no forms you just have to create a motion with a heading that looks like any other heading of any other order or filing on your case. It should show the name of the court, case # XXXXX parties to the action. You should attach any signed statements by the other party giving up the right to the support. The court will set the matter for a hearing. There may be some forms for financial information to fill out and these would be available at the clerk of courts office.
Every court is different as to whether they provide or require any forms.
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