DNA's in-child's surname-must I change it?
My child's father and I were engaged to be married. When I got pregnant, he left me stating 'he wasn't ready to be a parent'.He offered me money to have an abortion and when I refused, he said he didn't want anyhting to do with me or the baby.We had no contact throughout my pregnancy. When my child was born,I called him to let him know that we had a girl.He said ''I figured you would call-MAYBE I will come and see her''.He never called back and I went thru the AG's office to establish paternity. The DNA came back, he IS the father and our temporary orders state he must pay child support and has been granted visitation. He is requesting my daughter carry his last name and given all that he has put me and her through (he has paid for aboslutely nothing financially or emotionally)I don't believe I want to do that. Can the judge (Dallas county)order me to change her name just because he is going to be paying child support? If so, can I hyphenate her name?