My question involves paternity law for the State of: Ohio
My ex-husband has consistently bullied me for the last 2 years to allow him to sign over rights to our kids so that he doesn't have to pay child support. I researched it online the first time he asked and I told him that someone has to assume his rights (like a step father adoption) before a court would allow it. I expected that would be the end of the discussion.
Unfortunately, his angle ever since is to have one of my family members adopt our kids! I am almost tempted to do it just to get him to stop badgering me about it. He tells me that I should tell the kids he died! It is exhausting to listen to him completely disregard our kids like they are merely a possession he can sign away. So my questions:
- Is it possible for a member of my family to assume his rights as the father and he won't have to pay child support? I don't know if I'd truly agree to it, but would like to know if possible. (his arrears are mounting so it isn't as though I get child support now)
-Can I file some kind of complaint to take action against the verbal/mental abuse caused by the consistent pleas to abandon our kids? If so, how?
-We have a shared parenting plan that he hasn't followed one bit. Can I file for full custody simply because he doesn't take advantage of any of his 'parenting time'? If he doesn't utilize it and I have them full time, I want the court documents to reflect that. Does it really make a difference? (He hasn't seen them in over a year and that was a brief encounter)
-The shared parenting plan has a full list of Children's Rights; can I take legal action on behalf of my kids and their rights that he has violated? (ie Right to a relationship with both parents, etc)
Sorry for the long post! Any thoughts are appreciated!