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How do I go about changing my childs last name?

Swedesboro, NJ |

I would like to change my daughters last name. Due to the fact that her father and I didn't work out the way we had planned. I would like to change it.

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  1. You have to file a motion with the Court. I suggest you use an attorney for this type of matter.

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  2. I agree with Mr. Tan, you must file a motion with the court that states why it is in the child's best interest for the last name to be changed. When the primary caretaker seeks to change the last name of a child, then there is a presumption in favor of the primary caretaker that the name selected is in the best interest of the child. The presumption may be rebutted by proof offered by the secondary caretaker that the name change is not in the best interest of the child.

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    James R. Fridie III
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    Willingboro, NJ 08046
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    FLG@Fridielawgroup.com

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  3. You need to file a request for name change in court and can obtain the necessary paperwork from the court clerk or can hire an attorney to do so.

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