With a surrender, you can ask the court to consider giving you some rights to visit the child. Since you will no longer be the child's legal father, you will no longer be responsible to pay child support. However, you cannot sign over your parental rights for the sole purpose of not having to pay child support.
So, do you still have to pay child support if you give up your rights?
Generally, your obligation to pay child support terminates when your parental rights are terminated and/or the child is adopted by someone else. However, unless there is someone to take your place as a parent, you would not be generally permitted to voluntarily relinquish your parental rights.
Can a parent voluntarily relinquish parental rights?
Parents voluntarily relinquish their legal rights to their children in a wide variety of circumstances, including divorce, adoption, family legal guardianship and foster care. If you are a birth or adoptive parent and considering giving up your parental rights to your child, you are not alone.
Can you terminate a father's parental rights?
Termination of parental rights severs all ties between parent and child. Fathers can voluntarily relinquish their parental rights, but this cannot be done to avoid paying child support. In cases where a father is a danger to the child, the state may intervene and terminate parental rights.