If I do not want any parental right of a possible child of mine, how do I go about clearing my name of any possible legal actions and any ties?

The mother does not want to terminate the pregnancy.

Asked on September 1, 2012 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If it is your child, you cannot renounce your obligations or blood tie to the child--that is, even if you have no contact with the child, have no interest in it, etc., you can be obligated to pay child support, at least until the child is 18. You also have no right to make the mother terminate the pregnancy.

What you an do is that if you think the child is not yours, after it is born, you can get a court order for a genetic test to prove it is not your child. If it is not, you will have no legal obligations whatsoever.


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