Child Custody

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Question: If I have full custody does that mean I will be the one to name my child when they are born ?

Answer: In Arizona if the parents are not married, the mother has the legal right to name the child.  If the father establishes custody through the court he may request a name changed.  
In order to change the paternity on a birth certificate you must file a Paternity Recession Form.  Once this form is filled out it must be mailed to the Arizona Department of Economic Security's Hospital Paternity Program (HPP) within 60 days of the latest signature on the form.  
For more information on getting this application and the paternity recognition process in general click here: http://www.azdhs.gov/vital-records/corrections-amendments/birth/paternity.htm
For information on birth certificates in general, visit: http://azdhs.gov/vital-records/birth-certificate/

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