The father left since she was 2 (now she is 6) He doesn't contact or call her... His address is unknown. How i can change her last name... special when he doesn't keep contact
This must be done through the Probate Court in the county where you and the child both live. You can obtain a packet of forms from the court, but you will probably need the assistance of an attorney to help you with this process. Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab on this site to find an experienced probate attorney in your area. Finally, as this is not a wills law question, I am changing the category of your question to "Probate" so you will get more responses.
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Hi - You can petition for a name change in probate court but, if there is no court order on parental rights and responsibilities, you will have to get the father's consent. An alternative is to file in district court for authority to make decisions about your daughter, called a parental rights determination, that then would allow you to change her name without his consent.
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