Can My Ex-Husband Voluntarily Sign Over Rights Because He Doesn’t Want to Pay Child Support?

I’ve been divorced for 4 years and my husband has had no contact with us and has not paid child support. He had his attorney Contact me saying he wants to relinquish his rights for the sole reason of not wanting to pay child support. I met with my attorney that said unless there is someone wanting to adopt the kids that he can not relinquish his rights. His attorney is telling me he does not need my consent to relinquish his rights. And that since he hasn’t seen them or paid he can do so.

I am so Confused and I am getting two totally different stories. I have not remarried. Not sure how any state could just allow there to be only one financially responsible person. I am against him signing over his financial responsibility. My children do not know him or remember him.

Arkansas Judges do not allow a parent to relinquish their parental rights. They also do not allow one parent to terminate the rights of another parent. It is the position of the Courts that such a move is not in the children’s best interest. If you are not receiving child support, and you want to receive child support, you can contact the office of child support enforcement to get that process started. However, you should talk to an attorney before taking that step because if there has been no contact and no child support for a year, Judges will approve a step-parent adoption. So although you have not remarried yet, if you do find that special person with whom to spend the rest of your life, and after you have been married for a year, you may want to consider a step-parent adoption.