It is always an emotional ordeal when you relinquish parental rights. A father may decide to give up parental rights if he realizes he cannot physical care for his child. Giving up rights is not as simple a process as just walking away. There is a process that must be followed to legally relinquish parental rights so that another adult may raise the child.
Generally the process begins with paperwork - although it will vary from state to state. The father must start the process by signing a Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights consent form. After this form has been notarized, it is then filed with the court. It is important to note that fathers are still obliged to support the child who they are relinquishing rights to after the form has been filed. The father must provide physical care if no other options are made available, If the child is in the care of another caregiver or the mother, the father must continue providing financial support.
Attend a Court Date.
A court date is set after the paperwork is received by the court. The process can be finalized when the father appears at the court. Termination of parental rights may or may not be granted by the judge. The judge will determine if it is in the best interests of the child, if the father's judgement is impaired, or if the father was coaxed into signing away his parental rights. During the court session, if there are any other financial responsibilities for the child, such as medical or education expenses, this is the time to make the father and the judge aware. The court order should be copied and given to the father once the judge finalizes the termination.
Regaining Parental Rights
After a father has terminated his rights to the child, he may have a change of heart. In any case like this, the first thing to do is always to hire a lawyer. The lawyer will guide the father through the process, but this is not all the father has to do. The father must have evidence that the new situation the child is living in is not meeting his or her needs. Fathers must also collect character and reference letters from family members, co-workers and friends to prove that they should be able to re-gain the control that they previously relinquished. The opinion of the child will be heard by the judge when weighing this decision. Fathers who maintain a good relationship with their children are much more likely to have their parental rights restored.