My fiancé found out through a court-ordered DNA test that he has a daughter with his ex girlfriend. The child has her mother's last name. We're not sure if there's a father's name on the birth certificate or not. He wants his daughter to have his last name. Is he able to change her last name? How would he do it? What happens if the mother disagrees?
He cannot change the name without the mothers consent. If he would like his name on the birth certificate the simplest way is through a legitimation case in front of the Clerk. In that case the Clerk can order the name change if both parties agree and sign a consent order.
He can get his name added to the birth certificate, but will need her consent to change the name. Best thing he can do is talk to the mother and see if there is any way she will consent.
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