If my daughters father has never been present in her life, she is now 10, what type of legal action do I need to take to ensure he doesnt try anything later on in life.
2 Answers from Attorneys
You should file a petition to have his Parental Rights Terminated. He has been absent in her life long enough to do that and that would keep him from trying anything later in life. That will also make it so he does not have to pay child support in anyway though, as a warning.
You should consider a Termination of Parental Rights. Such would prevent him from ever been able to pop up and demand access. AND A TERMINATION, by itself, DOES NOT IN ANY WAY AFFECT HIS REQUIREMENT TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT. Only a full adoption stops his obligation.
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