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Should you sign over your parental rights during your divorce?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2023 | Blog, Divorce

Deciding to divorce is a challenging decision, but when you have children, it is even harder. Among the many decisions you will face is the consideration of parental rights.

In Texas, as in many states, the option exists to voluntarily relinquish your parental rights. But should you take that step?

What are parental rights?

Parental rights refer to a parent’s legal rights and responsibilities concerning their child. These include the right to make decisions about their health care, education and religious upbringing, as well as the right to custody and visitation.

Why do some consider signing over these rights?

There are a variety of reasons why some parents think about giving up their parental rights during a divorce. Some believe it might be in the child’s best interest, especially if the other parent is better equipped emotionally, physically or financially to care for the child. Others may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of parenthood or believe they cannot provide a stable environment for their children.

What happens if you sign over your rights?

Doing so relieves you of certain responsibilities, as it removes any obligation for you to provide child support and you no longer have to make decisions for your child. But it also means you do not have the legal right to see your child unless granted by the custodial parent. Once you sign over your parental rights, you cannot reverse the decision easily.

When contemplating whether or not to sign over your parental rights during your Texas divorce, you need to not only weigh the pros and cons but also consider the long-term implications for both you and your child. you may want to consult with family members, trusted friends or counselors to gain different perspectives as you consider the emotional ramifications of this decision.

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