If the father pays child support
Most likely NO. Father can request that the child's name be changed but the court usually does not change the name especially if the child is older.
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Name changes generally require the consent of both parents and the consent of the minor child if the child is over the age of 14. If the Father files a request for a name change, he will have to formally serve you with the documents and you will have the opportunity to object to his request for the name change.
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