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Can I change my child’s last name after a divorce?

Name changes for a child do not occur as part of the divorce proceedings. Once the divorce is over, a parent who wants to change the child’s last name may file a change of name form with the court. While it is not all that common for the court to decide on a name change, if there is valid reason and it is in the best interest of the child, the court will allow a name change. In other words, the divorce alone is not grounds for a name change. The reason for a name change may include adoption by a step-parent, a lack of interest in maintaining a relationship with the child by the biological parent, termination of the parental rights of the biological parent, or abuse by the biological parent.

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