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Child Last Name Change in California

Krystal, on September 7, 2022 at 6:22 PM Posted in California Planning 1 3
Hi - I live in California and my husband and I are having trouble finding out how to change my daughter’s last name as my last name was changed after we got married last October.
The issue is that I did not name a father on the birth certificate when she was born. That section is left blank and I gave her my maiden name.
Our situation doesn’t seem to be too common since I’m having trouble finding info about it…. Anyone have any information about this process that can help?
In short, now that my last name has changed after our wedding, we would like to change my daughters last name as well so we all have the same name. Also probably important lol - my husband is the biological father.
Thanks so much!

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Latest activity by Michael, on September 8, 2022 at 2:58 PM
  • Cece
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    In some states, a genetics test will suffice. However, some states will require him to legally adopt her in order to change her last name.
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  • Michael
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    There is code for identifying the father of the child. I sort of don't like it since this is done through child protective services.

    Codes Display Text (ca.gov)

    It is unclear how the child's birth certificate is updated from here and how the name change occurs.

    There is a service that will do this for you. Child Name Change California - Minor's Last Name Change California

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  • Michael
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    I should say the self help for name changes might be okay.

    https://selfhelp.courts.ca.gov/name-change/name-child

    You might get the change with just the testimony of your husband that he is the father. But you could check with the child protective services first, to see if they have an easier option

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