You cannot remove the legal father's name from the birth certificate even if you don't want it there. If you are not receiving any public assistance and you have not received any public assistance, you MAY be able to waive child support on behalf of your child, but you'll have to speak with a local attorney in person about that. It is the child's right to receive support from both legal parents and there are very limited circumstances when a parent may waive that right on behalf of the child.
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Florida does not recognize common law marriages. However, if you actually married, you could petition the court for a step-parent adoption. Perhaps your ex would consent to it; or you could force it on him.
I agree with Mr. Wallace that you will most likely need to proceed with a step parent adoption to get his name removed particularly after this length of time. He is also correct that Florida does not recognize common law marriages. I would advise speaking to an adoption attorney in your area as soon as possible. Best of luck to you.
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