Changing Baby's Name

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Hi all,
First time posting here and I am in need of some help.

Back in June, I had a baby boy. Three months in to my pregnancy, my son's dad commit suicide. I did what I felt was right and gave him his dad's last name, but after dealing with countless drama from his family members, I feel it is in my son's best interest if I have his name changed. Since he was not there to sign the birth certificate, he is not on it at all. I don't know if that enables me to be able to change his name? Everything I was reading up on said I need to provide a death certificate, but since we were not legally married & I am not "immediate family," I cannot obtain a copy. The option for a child to request one is available, but they need a driver's license number and obviously my 3-month old doesn't have one! Has anyone been in this situation before? Or can anyone offer any suggestions? I live in TX, if that helps.

Thanks ladies.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/17/2014

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A legal name change must be done through the courts, with a petition process. Call the Texas department of Vital Records, they will give you the directions to begin the process.

Sarah - posted on 09/17/2014

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My suggestion would be to call the vitals department at your state office. They will let you know what you would need to change a name.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/17/2014

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I kinda figured that, Rachel.

Make sure you weigh the pros/cons before you commit.

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That's very true. I haven't made a set decision on it yet. And knowing his mother, you're right too! It was just the only solution I could come up with.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/17/2014

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There was no judgement given, one poster simply was ruminating on the possibility that changing the name would 'avoid' the drama.

Actually, in that regard, if it's drama that you're wanting to avoid, changing the name would be the last thing I would do...as the drama would increase (at least with my inlaws...LOL)

But, really, it is a simple process, it just needs to be done with the courts ;-) Maybe TX will have a shorter petition time than WY does...at least one could hope!

Dove - posted on 09/17/2014

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A lawyer can answer your questions.

I'm really not understanding what kind of drama can be caused about a 3 month old that having a name change will actually solve though. Your son SHOULD have his father's name as that's all he really has of the man.

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