Can a name change affect child custody? 13 Answers as of March 25, 2011

If you change the last name of your child to your own, can the other parent still obtain custody and also does that affect child support in any way?

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Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP
Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP | Paul M. Teinert
No. Changing a child's name will have no effect on custody or support.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/25/2011
Rice & Co., LPA
Rice & Co., LPA | Kollin Rice
A name change in itself will generally not have any impact on custody or support in the future.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 3/4/2011
Law Office of Curry & Westgate
Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
One has nothing to do with the other.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/4/2011
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
No. Parenting rights and child support have no relationship to name. And, in Colo you normally can't just choose to change a child's name without the other parent's consent or a court order.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 3/4/2011
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
No. A name change does not effect custody, visitation, and/or support issues. You would just advise the family law court of the name change so the documents can be modified. If you are looking for an attorney to assist you, please contact me for a free consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/4/2011
    Raheen Law Group, P.C.
    Raheen Law Group, P.C. | Wali Raheen
    Parental rights are not determined by last name. So just by changing the child's last name, you cannot prevent the other parent from pursuing custody and or support.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/4/2011
    Law Office of Martin Blank
    Law Office of Martin Blank | Martin E. Blank
    First, I don't think you can just change your child's name legally without both parent's consent. If your child's name was changed unofficially, this might be a factor for consideration in a custody dispute.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/4/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    one does not have anything to do with the other. No matter what the child's name the issues of custody and support are independent of that. If you have any further questions you are free to contact us.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 3/4/2011
    Ciccarelli Law Offices
    Ciccarelli Law Offices | Lee Ciccarelli
    Thank you for your inquiry. A name change petition and custody or two separate types of legal action that can be taken in Pennsylvania. It is fair to say that that custody can be shared between natural parents regardless of the name of the child though both parents are interested parties in the scope of a name change petition. You may be best served by speaking to our lead family law attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 3/3/2011
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    Changing a child's name is a legal process involving Court proceedings which require that you give notice to interested people, including your child's other parent, who can contest your request, and you aren't guaranteed a name change if the other parent contests the action.

    Whatever the child's name is, or is changed to, does not affect the other parent's rights and responsibilities, or yours, or your child's rights, i.e., it does not affect custody rights, support rights,the right of your child to inherit, etc. A name change is simply a name change, nothing more.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/3/2011
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law | Edward A. Kroll
    A name change does not affect custody or child support.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/3/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    A name Change does not affect support, but it also does not restrict the other parent from being able to ask for visitation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/3/2011
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