Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
The child's last name and child support are not inter-dependent on one another. However, the father must be notified and given opportunity to be heard and even if he does not show the court has to find that the reason you are seeking a name change is permissible and in the child's best interest.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
You won't lose the right to receive child support for your daughter by changing her name. However, if you file a case to change your daughter's name, you are required to give written notice to your ex-husband, and he can contest your effort to change your daughter's name.
Answer Applies to: California
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
In Colorado you cannot change her last name without the father's consent. You will need court approval from the court that has established child support. If the court approves a name change, that will not by itself result in termination of child support if there no termination of parental rights.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Offices of Steven A. Hemmat | Steven A. Hemmat
Changing your daughter's name is completely independent from the father's obligation to pay child support. The father's obligation to pay child support is based upon a court order to do so, and not dependent upon a change of last name. Incidentally, it will be difficult to obtain a court order to change your daughter's last name without consent of the father.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
You would have to give your daughter's father notice, and if he objected, the court would likely not allow the change. The easy way would be to have the husband adopt the child. But then child support would stop and if you divorced your current husband he would be on the hook for child support, so he might not want to do the adoption. You don't say how old the child is, but at 18 she can do whatever she likes.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
Yes, you can. However, you will probably need to give the other parent notice of the fact that you are going to change your daughter's name. If the other parent objects, you may have trouble convincing the court to make the change.
Answer Applies to: Washington
The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Zwiebel
The only way to change your daughter's last name to your current husband's name is by adoption. If the child is adopted by your current husband then child support will cease to be required of her natural father. Since the process of adoption terminates her natural father's rights, child support will stop.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
These are two separate issues - changing her last name does not affect child support, but you must either obtain the biological father's consent to the name change, or you must proceed with having him served with notice of the name change hearing so he has an opportunity to appear and object to the change.
Answer Applies to: Arizona