As hard as this is for me to say, both my ex and myself lost our daughter when she was 3 yrs old for mis using drugs and temporary custody was awarded to my ex's parents, i have since been clean and sober from drugs and have been actively involved in my daughters life as much as i can be as there was never a parenting plan put in place, her mother has not been in her life since she was 3 she is now 7 1/2, recently within the last few weeks my ex got out of rehab for the tenth time and has been spending a little time with our daughter at her parents house, my ex is now telling me she is going to change my daughters last name to hers and her parents and i have no say. Is this true or do i have rights to say no or would i be wasting my time in the courts eyes?
Most courts will require both parents to be notified of the hearing. Make sure she has an address for you where you can receive court papers. You must go to the hearing and object. The standard is whether the name change is in the child’s best interests. Be prepared to tell the judge why the name change is not in your child’s best interests.
I recommend you look into changing the parenting arrangement. If you have fixed the issues that caused you to lose custody you can argue to regain custody or at least get court ordered visitation time.
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