You can petition for a name change for the child but you must serve the father with the petition and he may file a response or objection.
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You must file a name-change petition at your local courthouse. The clerk should be able to provide you a packet, or sell you one at a nominal cost. It requires notice to both parents if the person whose name will be changed is a minor.
For instructions, you may find this book, http://www.nolo.com/products/how-to-change-your-name-in-california-NAME.html, or another book available at your local library, law library, or legal bookstore, helpful.
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