Question: Can I sign away my rights to my child so I won’t have to pay child support in Florida?
Typically, you are not allowed to waive your rights to your child and avoid paying child support.
Judges decide most issues regarding children by considering what is in their best interest. It is not in a child’s best interest to have a parent that does not have an ongoing obligation to support them. A child has a right to be supported by its parents, so a court will not allow you to defeat that right by signing a piece of paper.
Of course, there is an exception to this rule. The courts will allow you to waive your rights to your child – and escape further child support – as part of an adoption case. This usually comes up where a mother wants her husband to adopt the child and asks the biological father to sign away his rights.