Changing a minor child's last name


#1

I have the same question about changing my childs name. I was Divorced in Florida in 2002 with sole custody of one child. I have not received child support as ordered, we have no contact with the father. My child gets teased about his last name in school. He is 13 getting ready to be 14 and has been wanting to change his name since we moved here one year ago. Is there something I can do?

Kari L Booth


#2

If the father of your child consents you can change their last name through the clerks office, you can find the forms to do so here:

web.co.wake.nc.us/courts/documen … Change.pdf

If the father does not consent you can find additional information regarding name changes here:

rosen.com/ppf/Law/Divorce/rosen/268/faqs.asp

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.787.6361 main fax

Charlotte Office
301 McCullough Drive
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28262
Main Phone: (704)307.4600
Main Fax: (704) 9343.0044

Durham & Chapel Hill Office
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 321.0780

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#3

If I can provide the court with documentation that the father has not paid child support or any obligations set by the Florida court and has had no contact with the minor child in 4 years, Do I need to get an attorney or can I file it myself? Is this handled here in NC or do I have to go to Florida?

Kari L Booth


#4

You can handle it in North Carolina and it would be heard by the Special Proceedings division of our courts.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.787.6361 main fax

Charlotte Office
301 McCullough Drive
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28262
Main Phone: (704)307.4600
Main Fax: (704) 9343.0044

Durham & Chapel Hill Office
1829 East Franklin Street
Building 600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 321.0780

ROSEN.COM

The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this forum is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney client relationship with any individual. These answers are provided for informational purposes only, a person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.


#5

I was divorced in 2005 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. My ex-husband has not once visited the children (6 yr old twins) once, has only called a handful of times, and has had not contact with them at all for over a year. I would like to change their names to my maiden name (changed in the divorce). It is important to our family that we all have the same last name. Do I need an attorney for this action? Is this something I can do on my own? Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks

anne m randall