I have and always have had full custody of my 7 year old daughter. Her father did not see her or seek out to see her until she was roughly 9 nine months old. He has every other weekend visitation rights but does not have any custody and has never asked for any custodial rights. I am getting married next year and my daughter wants to change her last name to my fiance's name as I am planning to. Am I able to do that or does the non custodial father have to agree to it and does she have any voice on the issue at all.
Name change is a court proceeding. Unless your daughter’s father agrees to the change, you will have to go to hearing and show that it is in the child’s bewsts interests to change her name. The father is entitled to notice if you petition the court to change your daughter’s name. You should consult with an attorney in person for more information.
You will need to file a petition to change the name of the minor child. Your ex is entitled to notice of the petition and can object. Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.
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