Can custodial parent change child last name?
A parent must file for the name change on behalf of the child and explain the reason for the name change. Typically, both parents must agree to have a child's name changed. However, one parent can ask for a name change and serve the other parent with the name change papers to see if the other parent will object.
How hard is it to change your child’s last name?
If your child's other parent does not agree to changing the child's name, he or she has the right to oppose your request. If the judge approves your request, you will get a court order called a "decree" changing your child's name. The court process can take up to 3 months, though in busier courts it may take longer.
Which parent has the right to name a child?
Who Has the Right to Name a Child? Both parents have the right to name their children. If either you or the other parent want to change your child's name, you both have to agree to the change. If the other parent refuses to give consent, then you need to get approval from the court.
How can I change my child’s hyphenated last name?
Judy A. You cannot unilaterally change your child's name. If you wish to do so, you must initiate a court proceeding and give the father the opportunity to object. You will have to show that it is in your child's best interests to change his/her name.