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How do you change your child's surname?

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Answered 2006-08-24 18:47:43

Legally changing one's name or the name of one's child is relatively simple and inexpensive. The matter may become a bit more complicated in cases of minors where one of the parents objects to the action. Generally a petition is filed with the probate court to have the child's name amended to that of the mother, father or a new spouse in cases of adoption. The judge sets a hearing and asks a few questions and if there are not parties who can offer acceptable evidence/argument as to why it should not be allowed the petition will be granted. The parent may then contact the record of vital statistics for the state in which the child was born to have the birth cerificate amended. The changing of a child's surname does not affect the responsibility of a parent to pay child support nor have visitation, custodial rights, etc. those are unrelated issues.

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