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  • Give baby my last name instead of my boyfriends?

    I am about to have a baby and I was wondering if I have the right to give it my last name instead of my boyfriends? Is that illegal?

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    Re: Give baby my last name instead of my boyfriends?

    No, it's not illegal. This is especially a good idea if the father is not present (or even aware of the existence of the pregnancy) and/or refuses to acknowledge the child as his own.

    If he is involved, however, and you both know he's the father, the birth certificate should accurately reflect that, as a birth certificate is not only a record of live birth, it is a legal document, and any omissions or deliberate misinformation is punishable in a court of law.

    To be clear, however, you cannot place a man's name on the birth certificate without their knowledge and consent. He would also have to sign a notarized Acknowledgement of Paternity, which the hospital provides.

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      Re: Give baby my last name instead of my boyfriends?

      You have every right to give the baby your last name. I would personally suggest you do just that.

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