Change childs name and terminate parental rights?


#1

You cannot change the last name without his permission. It sounds like you have legal grounds to terminate his parental rights, however I do not practice in that are of the law and cannot tell you the procedure to go about doing it.

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#2

My ex has not seen my daughter, now 7, for over a year now. We split when she was 3 and he has only seen her a handful of times since then usually disappearing for a year at a time before I hear from his family again. He has been through a drug rehab that he dropped out of early and I have no idea where he is. He also was abusive while we were divorcing so I don’t go looking for him either.

So, my question is can I change my daughters last name without his consent? I have since remarried and have another child, so there are 3 of us with the same last name and then there is her with her dads last name. She wants us to call her by our last name and has asked for us to change it.

Second, can I terminate his rights? We have no contact and I get no support from him at all.

What is the process for each of these? Thanks!