Child Custody

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Question: my 2 year old son has his fathers surname we are not married but he wanted this to be,i was wondering if i leave my boyfriend will he be able to take my son away just because the child holds the same surname as him and not my surname?

Answer:

The child's last name really is not a factor in the situation.  Both you as the child's mother, and your boyfriend, as the child's father, have certain parental rights.  Should you and your boyfriend split, there is a possibility that your boyfriend may file paperwork to establish custody and parenting time orders through the court.   There are different types of custody and parenting time arrangements.  You may want to review the articles available on azlawhelp.org.  They may be helpful in answering your questions.  A link is below.

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