Do I Have to Pay Child Support If I Give up My Parental Rights?

According to California Courts, if the termination of parental rights is granted, the person is no longer deemed the parent of that child and is released of all responsibility of the child, including financial responsibility. If child support was owed prior to termination, those payments are still due.

California Courts explains that termination of parental rights will usually take place only if a person is prepared to adopt the child. If the child has been removed from the home of one parent, the courts may terminate the rights of that parent to allow for adoption. Termination of rights are likely to be denied if a single parent is left to care for and support the child, California Courts notes.