I have sole legal custody and sole physical as well, I will like to change my daughters last name .. Do i still have to ask him to take this decision?, & if not where do i begin?
Yes, his consent is not required, but you are still required to give him proper notice. In California, a name change requires a court order. The court has to decide whether it is in the child's best interest to change her name. He can oppose any petition for name change.
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Mr. Chen (as always) gives you a good answer to this question. If you think the biological father will contest the change you should consider retaining an attorney to assist you with the process, as there are many factors you need to present to the court to demonstrate that the name change is in your child's best interest.Many (including my firm) will provide you with a free initial consultation. However you decide to proceed I wish you luck.
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