If my child's mother changes his last name to hers, do I still have to pay child support? 26 Answers as of June 21, 2013

If my child's mother changes his last name to hers, do I still have to pay child support?

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Law Office of Cassandra Savoy
Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
Only if the child is still yours.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 6/21/2013
Dunnings Law Firm
Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
If there exists a court order setting forth that you must pay child support, then yes, you must pay.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/22/2011
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Riana Durrett
Under Nevada Revised Statutes, 125B.020, the parents of a child have a duty to provide the child necessary maintenance, health care, education and support. A name change probably won't affect child support obligation, but many other factors can. An attorney can help you determine which factors are more relevant.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 9/22/2011
The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook
The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook | Cathy R. Cook
A name change does not allow you to not pay support. If you do not agree with the name change, you can challenge it.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 9/22/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
Yes. A name change has no impact on a child support order. However, if custody has been determined, consent of both parents is required for a name change.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 9/21/2011
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC | Vincent J. Bernabei
    Yes, you still owe child support. Before the child's name is changed, you are entitled to notice and, if you object to the name change, an opportunity to be heard.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Law Offices of Marshall R. Hoekel, LLC | Marshall Hoekel
    Yes, you still have to pay for child support.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    When your child's name was changed did he/she stop needing shelter, food, heat or transportation?You can address your concern about changing the child's name in court. Most judges would not like her doing that but they would like you stopping your support for such a silly reason even more.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    The name of the child does not have a bearing on your responsibility to the child. The mother should have gotten permission from you as the father to change the name, but that is another matter altogether. However, that does not negate the fact that you are still responsible for the child no matter what the child's name is.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    Yes. The child's last name has nothing to do with your obligation to pay support.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Linda C. Garrett Law
    Linda C. Garrett Law | Linda Garrett
    Yes. If there is a court that says you are required to pay child support. Blood is thicker than paper. A cross-over question is this: is mother doing things to interfere with your visitation rights? If so, then you have the legal right to file a motion on various issues/grounds: 1) contempt of court if she's intentionally violating the visitation order; 2) increased visitation (equating to less child support); 3) possible change of legal and physical custody. I recommend you speak to attorney to determine if any legal intervention is necessary. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
    Yes, you will need to pay child support unless your rights have been terminated and the child has been legally adopted by someone else.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Law Offices of Andrew J Spinnell, LLC
    Law Offices of Andrew J Spinnell, LLC | Andrew J Spinnell
    Yes, you still have to pay child support because there is either a binding agreement or court order that obligates you to pay. When a child is adopted, then a child support obligation will cease not by a name change.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    David M. Siegel & Associates
    David M. Siegel & Associates | David M. Siegel
    The obligation to pay child support has nothing to do with what name the child carries. If you are determined to be the father, then you will be obligated to pay child support if you are not the custodial parent.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    Yes you will have to pay child support. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but child support is until another man adopts the child or the child turns 18 and graduates high school in Ohio.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    The Law Office of Erin Farley
    The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
    Yes. Your support obligtion remains regardless of your child's name.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/21/2011
    Hugo Florido ESQ.
    Hugo Florido ESQ. | Hugo Florido
    Yes, you're obligation as a father does not change because the last name has been changed.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/21/2011
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