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    Default Terminating Father's Parental Rights in Texas

    My question involves a child custody case from the State of: TEXAS

    If a father wishes to give up his parental rights (I understand that he will loose all and can be denied everything) and this is the very very last resort of trying to survive;

    He has always paid his CS on time and is current with his payments but due to changed circumstances: loosing his job, being diagnosed with cancer and without health insurance, not having the money to pay the CS order.

    He gave his ex-wife the (entire with no claims) house (+everything else)so that the children would not have to be uprooted more than necessary during the divorce.
    She has since then went on to sell the house with a large profit.
    And continues to make every effort to make his life a living hell.

    What are the likelyhood that he will be relieved from his financial responsibilities for the children if he turns to the courts for termination of his parental rights ????????????????????

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    Default Re: Terminating Father's Parental Rights in Texas

    There's no magic form that lets you give up your parental rights in order to get out of supporting your children. In a lot of states, a child support order can be continued even after a voluntary surrender of parental rights.

    If mom has remarried and the step-father is interested, the father can consent to step-parent adoption. The termination of his rights through the adoption process will end his continuing obligation of support, but won't wipe out his arrearage.

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    Default Re: Terminating Father's Parental Rights in Texas

    So tell me..... if you can....
    If a man has done everything in his power to look after his children (despite his ex-wifes tireless attempts of making it completely impossible for him), always paying his CS on time, never being late with payments, followed the ex wishes even outside the divorce orders (to make things easier on the kids), seeing the children as often and as much as he can (despite the ex efforts to always have the kids occupied for him not to be able to see them !?), calling or leaving them meassages when he does not see them to ensure that he knows what's going on in school and so on.
    He looses his job, the economy is turning worse by the day, his insurance company lets him go because of his cancer = he has no insurance to cover his medical costs, he is forced to move to a small studio to just so that he can afford to pay to get by.

    Meanwhile, the ex-wife sells the house her husband GAVE her so that the kids would not have to be uprooted, with a profit of $180.000..... in her pocket.
    She continues to make things difficult for him every chance she gets - just because she can.....

    What is loving father supposed to do ???
    Any suggestions !!??

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    Default Re: Terminating Father's Parental Rights in Texas

    I understand your frustration but it sounds like you made some serious mistakes with respect to division of marital assets that quite frankly, you just have to deal with at this point. If the house was titled in her name only, she was within her rights to sell it and pocket the equity.

    The thing about child support is the fact that it does eventually end.

    If you've had a change in circumstances that warrants a support modification, go back to court.

    Hopefully your children don't know that their dad is willing / eager to give them up.

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    My question involves a child custody case from the State of: TEXAS

    If a father wishes to give up his parental rights (I understand that he will loose all and can be denied everything) and this is the very very last resort of trying to survive;

    He has always paid his CS on time and is current with his payments but due to changed circumstances: loosing his job, being diagnosed with cancer and without health insurance, not having the money to pay the CS order.

    He gave his ex-wife the (entire with no claims) house (+everything else)so that the children would not have to be uprooted more than necessary during the divorce.
    She has since then went on to sell the house with a large profit.
    And continues to make every effort to make his life a living hell.

    What are the likelyhood that he will be relieved from his financial responsibilities for the children if he turns to the courts for termination of his parental rights ????????????????????
    Instead of wasting his time trying to give up his rights, he needs to file for a modification of the CS order since his circumstances have involuntarily changed.

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    So tell me..... if you can....
    If a man has done everything in his power to look after his children (despite his ex-wifes tireless attempts of making it completely impossible for him), always paying his CS on time, never being late with payments, followed the ex wishes even outside the divorce orders (to make things easier on the kids), seeing the children as often and as much as he can (despite the ex efforts to always have the kids occupied for him not to be able to see them !?), calling or leaving them meassages when he does not see them to ensure that he knows what's going on in school and so on.
    He looses his job, the economy is turning worse by the day, his insurance company lets him go because of his cancer = he has no insurance to cover his medical costs, he is forced to move to a small studio to just so that he can afford to pay to get by.

    Meanwhile, the ex-wife sells the house her husband GAVE her so that the kids would not have to be uprooted, with a profit of $180.000..... in her pocket.
    She continues to make things difficult for him every chance she gets - just because she can.....

    What is a loving father supposed to do???
    Any suggestions !!??
    He files for a modification of the CS and continues to see his children as much as possible. If Mom is denying court order visitation time, he can also file to have the visitation order enforced.

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