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A divorce will bring about numerous changes in a family. One can even say that there is no family anymore since there would only be a parent and a child in one home, with the other parent somewhere else.  Aside from the physical changes, there would also be legal changes, and that could reflect in the name of the divorced wife if she decides to use her maiden name again. However, the name of the child is a different matter. How to Change a Child’s Surname After Divorce After a divorce, the child’s name will still remain the same. Even if the mother decides to change her name and she has the primary custody (physical and legal), the surname of the child will not automatically change with hers. The Texas Family Code requires one to undergo certain steps before they can legally change the name of a minor. Even if they remarry, and the children will have stepparents, the child will not change his surname unless they file a petition. The next step will be the verification before the actual court order. Before this can happen, all the parents, guardians or conservator should sign their own verification of the petition. In other words, everyone must agree to the name change, and there is a need to cite a good reason for it. The verifications will have to be signed by all parties in the presence of a notary public. The notary will then verify that the parties concerned signed the petition in their presence. If the child is over ten years old, then he/she should express their consent on the petition. There is a separate form for that. Judge’s Decision The judge will hear out the petition and will ask the petitioner on their reasons for the name change. The […]

Can You Change Your Child’s Surname After Divorce?