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    Nov 3, 2008, 05:26 PM
    Change my child's last name
    I have a 6 year old daughter who has her biological father's last name, although he did not sign the birth certificate no acknowledge paternity in the courts. He does not nor has he ever paid any child support. He has no contact what so ever with her. The only father she knows is my new husband and we want her to have his last name. Can I do this? And How?
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    Nov 3, 2008, 05:36 PM

    Hi, miguelina1!

    Greetings and WELCOME to the site! I just moved your question that you had posted in Introductions to this topic area so that it would get the most exposure to those who are best able to answer it. Introductions is for people to introduce themselves and we try to not ask questions there.

    We would appreciate it if you would return to Introductions sometime to tell us a little about yourself though, if you would be willing to do that.

    Thanks!
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    Nov 3, 2008, 05:42 PM

    Mig. As far as I know, the only way that you can legally change the name of your child is to have her bio dad give her up for adoption, and have your current husband adopt her.

    The bio dad would have to agree to this though.
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    Nov 3, 2008, 07:02 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Altenweg View Post
    Mig. As far as I know, the only way that you can legally change the name of your child is to have her bio dad give her up for adoption, and have your current husband adopt her.

    The bio dad would have to agree to this though.
    This is not correct in any way.

    You don't need an adoption for a name change but you do need the bio dads permission to do so. Or at least make an honest court approved effort in trying to find him. Why didn't you go to court for child support ?
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    Nov 4, 2008, 12:57 AM

    Hello miguelina1! Welcome to AMHD!

    Quote Originally Posted by califdadof3
    This is not correct in any way.

    You dont need an adoption for a name change but you do need the bio dads permission to do so. Or atleast make an honest court approved effort in trying to find him. Why didnt you go to court for child support ?
    Not correct in any way, but still the last part correct? Is that called 'not correct in any way'?
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    Nov 4, 2008, 02:53 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown008 View Post
    Hello miguelina1! Welcome to AMHD!



    Not correct in any way, but still the last part correct? Is that called 'not correct in any way'?
    Not sure what your getting at ? The answer about having to adopt wasn't correct at all.
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    Nov 4, 2008, 04:14 PM

    Unky, don't worry, if I'm wrong then I'm wrong. I did stae in my post "as far as I know", I never said I know for sure.

    If Califdad is correct then I'm glad he corrected me. I answered because no one else did, the OP is new, and I didn't want her to get discouraged and leave without at least an attempt at an answer.

    No worries at all. :)
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    Nov 4, 2008, 11:36 PM

    Ok, forget it califdadof3.

    I was just saying that you said that it was not correct in any way but still, you did say that the last part was correct, that is about the bio dad's permission. If it was not correct in any way, then nothing would be correct.

    Ok, don't worry, it's all forgotten. I was not really arguing, but mostly confused about your post. ;)

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