Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
In Shakespeare's words, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. A name doesn't mean anything in this regard. The father would be obligated whether you give the child your last name, his last name or my last name.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
The child's last name is totally irrelevant to the obligation of a biological parent to provide financial support. In Colorado, if you are not married to the father and the father does not admit paternity (in writing) at the time the child is born, the child will have your last name or possibly any last name you choose - but no father will be listed. Eventually, the father will the right to request a name change, but that will require a court to decide, based on all the facts. However, in order to obtain child support it will be necessary for a judge to rule on paternity - based either on the father's admission or upon DNA testing.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
As far as I am aware, in Washington law, there is nothing that would prevent you from collecting child support based upon the last name of the child. You would still have to comply with all of the normal paternity statutes, but, they should not be affected by the child's last name.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
Yes. The duty to support a man's child is not dependent upon the child's last name, but is dependent upon a finding of paternity, whether by agreement or DNA testing. You should seek child support through your county's child support agency, or in the alternative, you should file a paternity case. The county child support agency won't charge you for its services, but may be slow, and won't represent you. A private attorney would charge you for his/her services in a paternity case, but would likely be faster and more responsive to you, because he/she would represent you and be paid by you.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Richard B. Kell | Richard B. Kell
You can certainly give your child your last name, but it *may* make establishing paternity more difficult for you. For example, if the father wants the child to have his last name and you refuse, then he may refuse to sign the birth certificate (which, of course, he could do anyway). If he refuses to sign the birth certificate, then you will certainly have to pursue a paternity action against him in order to get child support.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts