I gave up my physical and parental rights in my marital spousal agreement as part of my divorce in the state of California. Am I still obligated to pay child support?
1 Answer from Attorneys
You cannot give up parental rights (and responsibilities) in a MSA. You can only agree that you will not have physical and/or legal CUSTODY for so long as the court orders are in effect. You have a right until the child is 18 to go back and ask for a modification of that. It is not a surrender of parental rights. There is no legal way to give up parental rights unless it is part of a step parent adoption by your ex-spouse's new spouse. With the rights go the obligation to support the child. That in large part is why they won't let you give up the rights.