The father of my daughter left the two of us at the hospital when she was born and never came back. After a couple of weeks went by he up and decided he would sign the AOP (Acknowledgement of Paternity), but he never sent it in to be finalized and kept denying she was his daughter. We split when she was 3 months old and he has not been in her life since. He also was in prison for domestic violence against myself for over a year. I have been in a relationship with the only man she knows as her father since she was 8 months old and we plan to be married. I would like for her to one day have his last name (Hopkins), but first I want to change her last name to mine (Herrera). Can I do this because he (her father) is not on her birth certificate? If not please help me to know what I need to do.
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