My daughter doesn’t know that my husband isn’t her “real” father. We have been together since she was one and her biological dad had never been in the picture. I talked to a lawyer about changing her last name to my now married last name(her wishes) and he said it’s better to adopt. I’m not sure if I’m ready for her to know that my husband isn’t her biological father yet and the lawyer said the judge might slip up and say something to give it away. Can’t I just file paperwork or something!? She has my maiden last name
You may wish to consult another attorney about your options. A name change may require publication in the newspaper and perhaps notice to the father, depending upon the legal status of paternity. Depending upon the age of your daughter, she may not need to be involved in the process or in court for either a name change or adoption. However, a name change alone may create misunderstandings and complications as your husband is only the step-father, not the father.
Is the father's name on the birth certificate.
If so, she will find out sooner or later when she has to present the birth certificate for something.
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