Yesterday I was asked if someone voluntarily terminates their parental rights, then does that automatically end their child support obligation. Typically, the answer is yes, but the court can, in special circumstances, order the child support obligation to continue post termination. A court can order financially able individuals to pay child support for a child in substitute care (CPS custody) if CPS has been appointed the managing conservator of the child. In this instance, support can be ordered until the earliest of (1) the child’s adoption, or (2) the child’s 18th birthday or graduation from high school.
Voluntarily terminating your parental rights is an extremely serious decision with major consequences and shouldn’t be considered because someone wants to evade their child support obligations. In this economy, Dallas divorce lawyers (as well as lawyers from all across the state) have seen an increase in suits to modify prior child support orders. Anyone considering terminating their parental rights because of their child support obligation should first consider whether or not they are entitled to modify their child support.