Duplicate question, answer is the same.
It is laudable that you want be involved with your children. All children deserve to know the love and support of both parents. It may be difficult to force the name change if mother opposes it. Please consult a Family attorney in your area. Many, like myself, give a free initial consult and can give you clearer guidance based on all the specific facts of your case. Sooner or later you will find one that fits. If this is a priority for you, you will find some money to pay an attorney. You will need a DNA test on the new child to be adjudicated the father. Child support will be set up, if it isn't yet in place. (The statutory minimum child support for 2 children will be 25% of your net income.) An attorney in your jurisdiction can give you a better analysis based on more facts! Good luck!
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The bottom line is that you need to save up your money and hire a tough, smart family law attorney to fight for your paternal rights. Obviously, the mother is not going to cooperate with you regarding these children. So you are going to have to have a judge order her to cooperate. A judge will order her to change your son's name to your last name. A judge will order her to do DNA testing on the new baby to determine if he is your child.
So save up every penny, pawn your stuff, take out a bank loan, borrow money from your friends...do whatever it takes to get a bunch of money & outspend her & get her in front of a Harris County Family Court judge. Get some temporary orders to get this case moving.
Look on this website & find an attorney to help you.
Don't waste your time with the pro bono (free) services. You could end up with a brand-new licensed attorney that does not even know where the courthouse is or a corporate attorney that is doing this to get points with his/her boss. Do you want a corporate attorney that has never set foot in a courtroom before & is doing this for courtroom experience? I sure don't! Or, do you want a law school student & you are they first practice case -- horrors!
Hire an family law attorney that does this for a living...get going now!
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