A new law in October, 2013, allowed for some grounds for name change without the consent of the other parent. (N.C. Gen. Stat. 101, et. seq.) These include if the parent has abandoned the child or the other parent was convicted of child abuse or a sexual offense involving the child. I suggest you speak with an attorney to see if the facts of your case would allow for this name change.
None. In the usual case of affairs you will need father's consent. If you Terminate his Parental Rights, you will not need his consent. Contact a local family al law attorney via AVVO to learn more about TPR; the statute does not require a few years worth of evidence on a TPR
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