To make a very long story short, my DS is 7 years-old and his dad was not involved in the first 4 years of his life. I reached out to him and he began seeing him a little and moved out of the country continuing to see him periodically. Two years ago I asked if he could provide some financial support for DS. We could not agree on support so he told me to file in court. I filed last fall for support, which we settled this past March. He was very angry and it was a very ugly process. This past April he then filed for custody and visitation, even though I always agreed to whatever access he requested. Since April, an ugly court situation has become even uglier.
Now his lawyer says he wants to relinquish his parental rights if in exhange I waive child support. My goals going into court were to get some financial support for DS from his dad, and for his dad to continue seeing him and building their relationship. While I would LOVE to get this man out of my life, I'm not sure I could look DS in the eye knowing I agreed for his dad to be out of his life forever. And on the other hand, Ds' dad is so angry with me that if I decline maybe he'll go for maximum rights he can and then DS is in the hands of a man I know doesn't really care about him.
What would you do? Thanks so much for any insight you can offer!