Name Change

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Question: The father of my son has his name on the birth cirtificate and also my son has his last name. But over the last 6 months, his father has shown no real interest in wanting to see him and hasn't helped pay for any expenses. My question is, is there anyway I can get my sons last name changed to mine so his father can't decide to come back into the picture a few years from now and try to get custody?

Answer: The information provided is general. You may want to speak to an attorney to find out what rights you have in changing your child's last name. If you are in Maricopa county, you can go to http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=25 and see if your request fits the guidelines for a name change. Again, you may need to speak with an attorney to see how you can go about changing your child's name to yours.

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  • The father of my son has his name on the birth cirtificate and also my son has his last name. But over the last 6 months, his father has shown no real interest in wanting to see him and hasn't helped pay for any expenses. My question is, is there anyway I can get my sons last name changed to mine so his father can't decide to come back into the picture a few years from now and try to get custody?

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