My daughters ‘father’ has never been in her life, he left when she was born. I thought that he was going to be a decent dad and because it was the done thing and I didn’t even realise I could give her mine, signed the birth certificate with his surname. Now almost 5 years on, I have a wonderful fiancé and we have a n almost one year old together. We have been together since my daughter was 3 months old and she knows him as her daddy. I keep putting off our wedding because I don’t want my daughter to be the only one who doesn’t have a matching last name. I want us to be a family. She is old enough to notice now but she isn’t old enough to understand why her name is different (which I will explain to her when the time comes) Even though he has absolutely nothing to do with her and doesn’t even pay a cent of child support He flat out refuses to sign the forms to give her my last name. Please, has anybody been through this before? Is there any other way to have it changed? Has anybody managed to change their child’s name without the other parents permission?
Posted anonymously, 20th February 2014