Can i be forced to give baby his fathers last name if he pays support?

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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The father and i are not married and never lived together. Can he force me to give the child his last name before he pays child support?

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Sarah - posted on 02/13/2015

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You absolutely do not have to use the father's name for your child's surname. I have seen all sorts of variations, mom's name, dad's name, hyphenated, both names no hyphen. If you are at all concerned call the hospital and ask to speak to the person in charge of Vital Statistics, that person fills out the BC, applies for social security numbers, applies for death certificates etc.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/13/2015

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I don't think so, but it would be best to contact your lawyer regarding legal issues.

Tania - posted on 02/13/2015

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I wouldn't say anyone can force you unless it is court ordered. However child support has nothing to do with it. All you have to do is have him establish paternity. Once that is done and depending on where you live he has to pay no matter what the name.

Michelle - posted on 02/13/2015

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As Jodi said, the last name has nothing to do with child support.
If he is the Father then he has to pay regardless of the child's name.

Jodi - posted on 02/13/2015

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That's a fair call. I was just making a suggestion :)

If he is on the birth certificate and you have established paternity, you can claim child support regardless of the last name. Even if he wasn't on the birth certificate, a DNA test is what is needed and he'd still have to pay child support.

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2015

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Im fine with certificate, and im fine if child chooses when he is old enough to. I have two other kids they both have my last name. And the only reason why he is having anything to do with child is bc i chose not to have abortion. He not ready to raise another child as he says. And does not plan on being there when i deliver. Since it seems i the child will be with me 90%of the time why give him different name than his siblings that he will be raised with.

Jodi - posted on 02/12/2015

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He can't force you to give a child his last name, and that has nothing to do with child support. He can, however, take you to court to be on the birth certificate if you choose not to include him there as the father.

Why not hyphenate the name if dad is going to be involved - then the child has both of your names and it saves arguments. The child can then choose which one to go with later.

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