Any father than resides in Georgia is free to voluntarily terminate parental rights to his children provided he submits a written, notarized statement of termination. Georgia is one of 43 states that allow a father to terminate his parental rights without petitioning the court. As a father residing in Georgia, you can file your written request with your local clerk of courts on your own accord or you can enlist the help of a Georgia-licensed attorney.
Termination for Adoption
Georgia fathers wanting to put their child up for adoption can terminate their parental rights by filling out paperwork provided by adoption agencies around the state. A father cannot place a child up for adoption in Georgia without the consent of the child's mother unless he has full custody because of death or because she terminated her rights.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families allows unmarried Georgia fathers to rescind the right of paternity - or terminate parental rights - within 60 days of a child's birth or notice of intent to claim paternity of any child born to him out of wedlock.
Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
In the State of Georgia any man accused of negligence, abuse or other misconduct towards his child is investigated by Child Protective Services Once. CPA launches an investigation and finds that the claims of abuse or misconduct are valid, the state will terminate his parental rights whether the father is amenable to the termination or not.
Written Notice of Termination
Georiga accepts any written, notarized document or statement from the biological father of any child stating he is terminating his parental rights. The statement must include the father's full name, address, date of birth and Social Security number as well as the full name, address, Social Security number and date of birth of the child. The statement must be filed with the family court in the county where the father resides.
Definition of Termination of Parental Rights
Any father that wants to terminate his parental rights or has his parental rights stripped of him for abuse or neglect of his child loses all lawful relation to the child. From the point of termination forward, the father has no legal right to the child, including visitation, contact, decision making rights or financial obligation to the child.