what happens if you divorcing and ex husband signs all parental rights away?

(11 Posts)
exmrs Fri 08-Feb-13 18:10:32

After being messed about for over a year with different contact scenarios all to suit ex's hobby he isnt wanting to see son again and has emailed he is giving up all parental rights.
Will this make the divorce go though easier or make it more difficult ie ex is asked again to sign to say he is giving up his son

BrittaPerry Fri 08-Feb-13 18:13:19

I don't think he can 'give up' his son, can he?

Tommy Fri 08-Feb-13 18:13:36

I'm no expert but I think the "rights" are that of the child to see their parent.
Your ex may not want the responsibility anymore but your son will still have the right to have a relationship with him

fuzzywuzzy Fri 08-Feb-13 18:17:23

He can give up parental responsibility.

I know one mother who's ex has done just that.

Means he can't forever drag her back to court regarding contact, she doesn't stop him if asks to see her son.

I think the ex presumed he'd not have to take financial responsibility for his child if he signed away his PR. he was an arse.

NatashaBee Fri 08-Feb-13 18:20:09

I don't think you can renounce parental rights legally (unless you've given consent for someone to adopt your child). It might make things easier with regard to access arrangements if he's not going to contest whatever you put down... or it might make things more difficult if the judge wants to verify that he really doesn't want any contact.

How sad that your son won't get to see his father any more sad

exmrs Fri 08-Feb-13 18:20:37

i think my ex will think he wont have to pay anymore but he hasnt done it for that its because he cant be botehred with regular set contact as it interferes with his free time

PatriciaHolm Fri 08-Feb-13 18:21:49

Pretty sure he can't do that. If someone was adopting your son, he can give up his parental responsibility (not rights, they don't exist). He can't just unilaterally opt out of legal responsibility.

exmrs Fri 08-Feb-13 18:22:25

I know i havent stopped crying all day, in some ways it will be for the best but i cant belive he has emailed that he is giving his son up just like that and id do anything for him to realise how selfish he is

Collaborate Fri 08-Feb-13 21:19:45

No on can "give up parental rights" unless they are consenting to an adoption.

I think the legal term is that he's behaving like an arse.

MOSagain Sat 09-Feb-13 16:01:02

LOL at Collaborate grin
Yes, that is the legal term. The mumsnet term is that he is being a fuckwit!

TheFallenNinja Sat 09-Feb-13 16:11:44

You may choose not to exercise your parental rights but you cannot discharge your parental responsibilities (legal or financial)

Sounds like a stand up guy.

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