Legal Question in Family Law in New Jersey


i have fathered a child out of wedlock. the mother and i have no relationship and a dna test was performed to establish paternity.

i have agreeded to her demands for child support. she insists on having the child use her maiden name, i prefer the boy to have my name.

Asked on 4/10/05, 10:26 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Antoinette Wooten The Wooten Legal Consulting, PC

Re: surname

Well, you can always take the matter to court. In court you can establish paternity (show the test results, or even have another test done), advise the court that you are currently supporting the child, and then ask the court to assist you in getting the child to have your surname.

You might also try talking to the mother, and explaining to her why you want the child to have your surname. One good reason would be when you die your child will be entitled to your social security, etc. This will assist her if the child is still a minor.


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Answered on 4/13/05, 9:31 am

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