Legal Question in Family Law in New York

changing childs last name

I have sole custody of my children father has had no contact in 2 years i would like to get his name off birth certificate and last names changed. I want to do this is in event something happens to me we will not take them as he has not supported them in the last 9 years either. And feel it would only hurt them at that time.

Asked on 7/10/09, 1:37 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Antoinette Wooten The Wooten Legal Consulting, PC

Re: changing childs last name

You would need to file a petition to terminate the biological father's parental rights to accomplish this.

The biological father must be served with a copy of the petition.

Patricia Martin-Gibbons

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Answered on 7/10/09, 2:04 pm

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